Bells were ringing at the Atria Assisted Living Facility in Rocky Hill Tuesday.
The Festival of Trees at the Wadsworth draws decorated trees from all over the state and this year, the folks at the Atria Assisted Living Facility in Rocky Hill have decided to enter the competition.
Shirley Monk had been following the story of the fire at the Bevin Bell Company.
"And we were about to do the planning for The Festival of Trees and I thought, why not do the tree with all bells, instead of ornaments," she said.
The fire in May destroyed the facility in East Hampton, but the company has bounced back and was happy to fill the request from Atria for lots of bells.
"We look for opportunities and always have looked for opportunities to give back, but it was a little bit of a surprise," said Matt Bevin of Bevin Bell Company "We had just come back - we had just started to produce these bells and we were curious as to what they might ultimately be used for."
The tree was decorated by the residents and off it went to the Wadsworth Atheneum. All donated by a company just getting back on its feet.
"I think that's a wonderful spirit in this day and age unheard of and needed very much," said Dorothy Lafalce of Provincetown, MA.
And so Tuesday, a luncheon was held to thank Matt Bevin for his help. But, it turns out he was the one who was thankful.
"It's meaningful at many levels because it touches so many lives and especially this time of year," he said during the luncheon. "For little moments of joy to come through, it means a ton to me more than I could put into words. It really does."
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