Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and the Connecticut National guard announced Wednesday the launch of the 10th annual Operation ELF program that supports the soldiers and airmen who have recently been deployed overseas or returned home.
"Deployment for these brave men and women means many months away from their homes, their families and their jobs," Wyman said.
More than 700 Connecticut National Guard troops are currently serving in Afghanistan and other locations in Southwest Asia.
While serving, they have had to leave behind more than 1,200 family members, including more than 400 school-aged children.
"I believe it is our obligation to honor that sacrifice by supporting them and their families when they are gone and when they return. I especially urge the corporate and business community to step up and not only make a real difference in the lives of those left behind, but give peace of mind to our troops overseas," Wyman said.
The goal of Operation ELF is to provide the families with toys, gift cards from grocery and other department stores, money, donations of fuel oil and services such as snow removal.
Toys will be given to children being affected by a deployed parent during a holiday party scheduled for Dec. 15 at the William O'Neill Armory in Hartford.
Donations can also be made at National Guard Armories statewide.
For more information, call Operation ELF at 860-858-2677.
For additional information, check out the Operation ELF Facebook page by clicking here.
More information can also be found at the Connecticut National Guard Facebook page here.
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