By LINDSAY CAREY
Southington Community Services has a few opportunities for giving back this holiday season. Before Thanksgiving, the civic group handed out 500 food baskets to families in need at the Southington Drive In.
Now SCS is preparing food baskets for families for Christmas. One of the ways people can give back to the community is through donating food for these food baskets.
The organization is looking for donations of canned vegetables, fruits, cranberry, stuffing, mashed potatoes, marshmallow or fluff, hot chocolate, orange juice, corn muffin, cream style corn, dessert, yams or sweet potato, pasta, pasta sauce, and gravy.
Assistant Director of SCS, Mark Fazzolari also said that SCS does a gift program for Christmas that benefits over 1600 individuals. Another way to help is to purchase some gift cards or to drop off toys for the children whose families cannot afford to give them presents this holiday season.
SCS also encourages more fortunate families to adopt other families during the holidays. SCS provides the first names, ages, gender and some gift suggestions for anyone that would like to adopt a family for the holidays.
“People have told us that these are the only gives they or their kids will receive for Christmas,” said Fazzolari.
Monetary donations are also always welcome at the SCS, especially during the holidays. The organization may use that money to go out and purchase gifts for the families that don’t get adopted.
For more information on what you can do to help this holiday season, call SCS at 860-628-3761. Donations can be dropped off at SCS, 91 Norton St., Plantsville.