Thank you, West Hartford for your generosity and thoughtfulness during this difficult time. Here are some of the acts of kindness we heard.
A team of volunteers from the community and the West Hartford Garden Club led by Lisa Daly, Department Supervisor, PK-12, Health & Physical Education, West Hartford Public Schools, coordinated "Seeds Growing Students" in which potting kits were distributed at WHPS's Grab n Go sites. Over 500 soil and seed packets were assembled.
Three Conard high school students started WeHa At Your Service. They organized local volunteers to deliver groceries to our elderly and residents who are immuno-compromised. To learn more, go to WeHaAtYourService.com.
Our first responders and healthcare workers have a special place in our hearts. All around town residents have displayed a heart on their home to show their support.
KellerWilliams Miale Team Acts of Kindness:
The Miale Team's "Dinner is on Us" pizza delivery campaign with sponsors Jason Kilduff from Ward & Kilduff Mortgage and attorney Tim Gareghty - Our team collectively delivered 1,000 pizzas throughout the community with the support of Joey’s Pizza in West Hartford.
Food on the Frontlines campaign - Rob Makas, one of our agents, delivered over 1,200 meals to frontline workers from Rein's Deli, The Market Restaurant, Naples Pizza, Carbone's Hartford, Chip's Family Restaurants, BarTaco, Spicy Green Bean, Seed Bagel Shop, and The Green Papaya.
Our agent Rebecca Makas made and delivered 210 masks (and counting!) over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our agent, Deb Ortega, picked up vitamins and supplements to deliver to her elderly clients, and also donated close to 100 pounds of non-perishable items to the West Hartford food pantry.
The DORO Group sold heart Thank You lawn signs for $15. Proceeds will be used to fund meals that DORO Restaurant Group is providing for healthcare worker at area hospitals. Signs are available for pick-up on Friday and Saturday, 4:00-7:00PM, in front of Zohara restaurant, 991 Farmington Avenue.
Black Bamboo (844 Farmington Ave.) is selling t-shirts for $15, with the proceeds going to the Town That Cares Fund.
Max Foundation donated over 500 bags of food to restaurant workers.
West Hartford Public Schools has distributed over 40,000 meals to students and the West Hartford Food Pantry has given out hundreds of bags of groceries.
Thank you to all the West Hartford residents who donated much needed cleaning supplies, face coverings, surgical masks, and gloves to West Hartford first responders. We asked, and you delivered!
The West Hartford Police Union purchased and delivered 75 meals each to Hartford Hospital, Saint Francis Medical Center, and UConn Health Center. The meals were served to healthcare workers at lunch. Excellent gesture on the Union’s part!
On I-84 West, exit 44, there is an enormous billboard to thank Bugbee teachers for their work while they are teaching our children who are social distancing at home. This says so much about our school system! The billboard was paid by one of the Bugbee parents.
Calvary Fellowship, a non-denominational church that formerly met at Conard High School before the pandemic, brought 800 assorted carnations to four nursing homes in West Hartford: Brookdale Chatfield, Brookdale West Hartford, Hughes Health and Rehab and The Mercy Community at St. Mary's Home.
There are so many positive things happening across town even in these challenging times.Here are two people who are making a difference:
Soden Tek, owner of The Blue Elephant Trail, has been making and delivering meals to senior citizens and first responders.
Mike Keo, a West Hartford photographer, founded the powerful photo and storytelling campaign #iamnotavirus to raise the visibility and voices of the Asian American community locally and worldwide.Mike is working on mental health resources through his campaign to share district wide.
West Hartford resident Kurt Moyer, and his sons Nathan and Jayden, make large batches of WHO hand sanitizer and donate them to Bristol hospital, Hands on Hartford, local healthcare workers and neighbors. Kurt and his wife Deb own a pharmaceutical contract laboratory in Bristol.
The Bridge Family Center is collecting books and diapers for families in need. Items can be dropped off at 1022 Farmington Avenue, Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 1:00PM. Please call first so we are alerted of the donation; call 860-521-8035. After hours, donations may be left on the back porch. To make a monetary donation, click here: https://www.bridgefamilycenter.org/index.php/give-today.
Socceropolis acts of kindness by Debra and Milton Ortega:
Teamed up with Sally & Bob’s and donated & delivered breakfast to Foodshare staff
Sponsored "A Nurse's Request" initiative by collecting and delivering decorated bags for local healthcare workers to store their personal protection equipment
Socceropolis was one of the very first to offer free virtual soccer classes and entertaining videos for children
Ran contests to help promote local businesses who were open, such as a free pizza contest; we picked up pizzas from Harry’s and delivered to our soccer families. Milton made videos and encouraged people to support many businesses.
Created “Team Socceropolis” for Chrysalis Center’s #DonationCreation2020 month-long campaign: collected & delivered non-perishables food items for our hungry neighbors
Interviewed non-profits to promote their efforts
Milton volunteered his time to run free virtual soccer classes for Camp K.O. and The Miale Team at Keller Williams
Milton made random visits to his Socceropolis kid’s homes and brought them little gifts to brighten their day during isolation
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