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Comedian native to CT walks across America for Operation Gratitude

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Tom Connolly walked from California to Connecticut, more than 3,000 miles, from California to Connecticut (WFSB) Tom Connolly walked from California to Connecticut, more than 3,000 miles, from California to Connecticut (WFSB)
WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

A comedian who lives in Los Angeles is visiting his home town of Windsor, but it’s how he got to the state that is the impressive part.

Tom Connolly walked from California to Connecticut, more than 3,000 miles, and he made the outrageous adventure for great cause. 

“I'm just so happy for all the support especially from Connecticut,” Connolly said.

Dozens of friends and family members met him on the town green on Tuesday.

The walk was meant to raise awareness and money for Operation Gratitude, a charity that sends care packages to Americans who are serving in the military.

“When they open them up it makes them realize we have not forgotten them, and that's the best,” Connolly said.

The journey was difficult, he said, but he never quit, thanks in large part to ordinary people he met along the way.

“They treated me like I was one of their own, that I was family. That's the America that I experienced,” he said. “It really opened my eyes to we have each other's back.”

Connolly started the walk in April and traveled as far as 30 miles some days.

No matter where he roamed between California and Connecticut, his mind and heart were never far from the people who inspired the journey.

“It's a tough job and it's done by our best and I want to make sure that we constantly give back to them,” Connolly said.

He added that he lost about 30 pounds on the trip and looks forward to gaining them all back.

For more information on Operation Gratitude, click here.

To learn more about Connolly's journey, click here.

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