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First responders to hold Emergency Hunger food drive

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First responders in Greater Hartford to hold Emergency Hunger food drive this weekend. (WFSB) First responders in Greater Hartford to hold Emergency Hunger food drive this weekend. (WFSB)
SOUTH WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

First responders from six towns in Greater Hartford are banding together to help neighbors in need this holiday season.

One of those towns is South Windsor, which will continue to help their neighbors in need once again with the annual “Emergency Hunger” food drive.

The drive is a combined effort by the South Windsor emergency and other surrounding agencies in Vernon and Manchester to collect food and cash donations for shelters and food banks.

Since last year, the event have collected a total of 187,000 worth of food and personal care items, 5,500 turkeys and more than 120,000 dollars in cash, checks, and gift cards.

This year, the drive is hoping residents will go to the charitable event to continue to help those in need by collecting food and other items.

"We have already signed up 650 families for thanksgiving. It's a huge challenge for us," organizers said. "Likewise it will be the same for the Christmas holiday."

All the items collected are set to go to the South Windsor Food Bank, just in the time for the holiday season.

The South Windsor Police Department, along with volunteers, will join with Stop & Shop and Geisslers’ to host the food drive.

Volunteers are welcomed to collect items at Stop & Shop located at 1739 Ellington Rd. and Geissler’s Supermarket, in 965 Sullivan Ave. Both of which will take place on November 21-22 from 9 a.m. to 4 pm.

For more information on the event, please contact Jim Nicoletta, Community Outreach Officer, at 860-648-6256 or email james.nicoletta@southwindsor.org. You can also contact David Skoczulek, Director of Business Development and Community Relations for Ambulance Service of Manchester, at 860-205-3075 or email davids@asm-aetna.com. 

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