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Channel 3 takes a trip to Middletown

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Channel 3 makes donation to Lily's Kids (WFSB) Channel 3 makes donation to Lily's Kids (WFSB)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

On Wednesday, 20 Towns in Twenty Days put the spotlight on Middletown.

It was a beautiful day for a boat ride down the Connecticut River, or stopping by Harbor Park.

Channel 3 donated $1,000 to Lily’s Kids, a Middletown-based non-profit that has the mission to ensure that all children have a healthy life. The organization also received a $500 gift card from PC Richard and Son.

The founder, Lily Da Cruz, created the organization because of her personal struggle with a congenital heart condition.

"When she was in high school, she as a teenager, she had heart surgery and she decided it was her mission to make sure as many children as possible could have a healthy start in life and she focuses on the prevention of heart disease in children,” said Amy Gagliardi, of Lily’s Kids Inc.

Lily and her fellow all volunteer staff go into schools to talk about healthy eating and keeping an active lifestyle.

For more information on Lily’s Kids, click here.

Channel 3 also stopped by Sweet Harmony Cafe & Bakery on Wednesday for some treats.

Channel 3's Mark Zinni stopped by a staple on Main Street-- Amato's Toy and Hobby store, which has been in business for 76 years.

It was founded in 1940 when Vincent Amato was still a teenager. He passed away a few years ago, but one son runs an Amato's in New Britain and his daughter runs the Middletown location.

For more information on Amato's, click here.

Check out more details on the Wesleyan Potters here.

To see more photos from 20 Towns in Twenty Days here.

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