Operation ELF launched to help military families

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Major General Thad Martin, Adjutant General of the Connecticut National Guard, announced the 15th annual Operation ELF (Embracing Lonely Families), a program that eases the financial stresses military families face resulting from the call to active duty.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who’s ever wanted to ‘do something’ to support Connecticut’s troops,” said Lt. Governor Wyman in a press release. “Our military men and women have so bravely answered the call to duty; we’re grateful for their service and want to make deployment as easy as possible for their loved ones.”

“This annual campaign gives Connecticut residents an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all of the military families who are sacrificing so much in order to protect and serve our nation,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy in the press release. “I thank the Connecticut National Guard for their work, and I encourage everyone to give what they can.”

“For us, the Op ELF holiday party for military families is one of the most highly anticipated days of the year,” said Maj. Gen. Martin in the press release. “The families of our Guardsmen put in maximum effort year-round—to alleviate a little stress around the holidays is important.”

Donations of gift cards for grocery and department/home goods stores, pharmacies, and gas stations help support military families throughout the year. Fuel oil, snow removal, and home maintenance services are also needed, and new, unwrapped toys for young people of all ages are welcome.

Residents or businesses may also Adopt-A-Family through the Operation ELF program. Adopt-A-Family assists military families suffering extreme financial hardship and allows donors to purchase items on the family’s wish list. Names remain confidential, only demographic information is provided to supporters.

How to donate:

Donations may be dropped off Monday to Friday, Nov. 7 to Dec. 12 during normal business hours at local National Guard armories. Large quantity donations or anyone requiring drop-off outside of business hours, please call (800) 858-2677.

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