We recently learned about a project by Bristolâ€™s Professional Young Visionaries of Tomorrow to bring some holiday joy to an often overlooked group, the parents of Boys & Girls Club members and low-income children from local schools. And, in the process, they are teaching kids the joy of giving.
All over the area, weâ€™ve been happy to see good people collecting toys for children, working to ensure that even kids from the poorest families know the joy of opening a present on Christmas morning. But the feeling of giving can be just as powerful, teaching young people the happiness that comes with bringing a smile to someone else. Itâ€™s a lesson they will carry with them for life.
To make it happen, these young professionals need your help.
PYVOT is partnering with the United Way of West Central Connecticut in asking you to donate unneeded items so that children can then select two gifts for their parents or caregivers for the holiday season.
They call it their annual re-gifting program. To date, they have received 600 donations but need 700 more. So theyâ€™re asking you to contribute items in good condition that might bring a smile to the face of someoneâ€™s Mom or Dad. Suggestions include candles, scarves, household goods - maybe that kitchen gadget that you bought and never used or that birthday present that was just completely the wrong color for you.
They will be collecting until tomorrow - Friday, Dec. 10 - at several locations in Bristol, including the Bristol Public Library, the Manross Library, the offices of the United Way and Webster Bank branches, so, please, check your closets.