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Holiday Event Sponsored by Connecticut Community Foundation and O&G Industries For Disadvantaged Children and Their Families
THOMASTON, CT – December 2 – The Second Annual Connecticut Community Foundation and O&G Santa Express Special was a tremendous success, according to Steve Casey, President of the Railroad Museum of New England. “We treated more than 100 children and adults who would have otherwise never had the opportunity to enjoy a fabulous train ride with Santa, Mrs. Claus and all the elves. We had a fantastic time and all the smiles made the Thomaston Station glow!”
Families sang Christmas songs and children danced with excitement on board historic train coaches on the way to pick up Santa and Mrs. Claus at his workshop on the Connecticut Community Foundation’s Santa Express Special on the Railroad Museum of New England’s Naugatuck Railroad. The RMNE started its busiest season for children and their families with a holiday sing-a-long at Thomaston Station on Saturday, November 26th.
Karen J. Senich, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury, expressed her gratitude for the event by saying “We appreciate being included for the opportunity. Having taken my own child on the Santa Express, I know how exciting it can be for the children.”
Olivia Jefferson, After School Program Coordinator for the Waterbury Youth Services, said that several of their students really enjoyed it.
Pam Vellucci, the Family Service Coordinator of Plymouth Head Start, stated , “Thanks for the great experience for my Head Start families! One boy told me he went on the choo choo train and saw Santa. He was so animated talking about it. Another grandfather took his grandson, I'm not sure who had the better time! Start income guidelines are a family of four, tops they can make is $31,000. They cannot afford this wonderful experience that you and your grant supporters provided them. Again thank you on behalf of my Head Start families. Merry Christmas!”
The RMNE distributed tickets to children and their families by partnering with 10 social service agencies in the Waterbury and Litchfield Hills regions, including the Litchfield Hills Salvation Army, Mindscape Industries of Thomaston, Thomaston Social Services, Watertown Social Services, Waterbury Youth Service System, Boys & Girls Club Of Greater Waterbury, Waterbury Housing Authority, Wolcott Resource Center, Plymouth Head Start, and FISH/Friends in Service to Humanity.
The Connecticut Community Foundation has been helping people give back to their communities for more than 90 years. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and managed by a staff of experts in fund management, philanthropy, estate planning, grant making and community issues.
The regular schedule on the Naugatuck Railroad includes the Northern Lights Limited which operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:00pm and 7:00pm until Friday, December 23rd.
The Santa Express trains run on Saturdays and Sundays at noon and 2:00pm and is ideal for children with earlier bedtimes. Santa appears on this train shortly after departure from Thomaston to visit with all.
The full schedule and ticket information can be found on the RMNE website, www.rmne.org.
Torrington Civitan Club will host a fundraiser on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 5 – 7 pm at Wendy’s Restaurant, 220 Dibble St. in Torrington. Civitan Club will receive a portion of food sales during 5 – 7 pm. A 50/50 raffle will be held.
All proceeds benefit community charities and scholarships. Civitan Club is a non-profit service organization dedicated to volunteer community service. Civitan Club meets at 6 pm the second Tuesday each month at Marino’s Restaurant. For information contact Theresa at 860-307-0269 or www.civitan.org. Civitan International is an organization of community service clubs with roughly 40,000 members across four continents. Each club works to help others and fulfill needs in their community, with a special emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.
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