On Monday morning, Senator Bob Duff presented a number of local charities with the proceeds from a donation drive held at the Senator's Holiday Open House last month.
Senator Duff said, "We wanted to raise the awareness of a lot of these charities and what they do in the community. It's important to present the checks, thank the donor who came out. We got a lot of food and a lot of toys from individual citizens."
A total of $13,850 was raised to benefit seven local charities and organizations - the Norwalk Police Activities League, the Norwalk Fire Victims Fund, Norwalk Reads!, The Children's Connection, George Washington Carver Community Center, Person-to-Person, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Norwalk.
Norwalk Police Chief and Treasurer of the Police Activities League (PAL) Thomas Kulhawik said "These donations really come in handy and allow us to do even more for the [Police] Explorers, for the Police Cadets, for our DARE camp in the summer; for a lot of things we do that the public really enjoy."
Novelette Peterkin, Executive Director of the George Washington Carver Community Center in Norwalk said, "Last year we celebrated 75 years in the community and I think its vital because we're the ones motivating students to be ready for college. We're giving them the support they need to enroll in college or trade school so they can come out and be contributing members to their society. Come back and actually give to the wonderful City of Norwalk."
Fire Chief Denis McCarthy discussed the Norwalk Fire Victims Fund that began in 2009. "When folks loose everything and they are struggling in the first few days after a tragedy, it's important for us to funnel that good will back to them and give some financial support."
Senator Duff says he hopes more people recognize the local organizations that need help in the community
Senator Duff said, "Really there is a lot of need but there is a lot of help as well and it really brings the two together and shows how whether it's the Police Activities League or the Fire Victims Fund or some of the other non-profits we have in town and show the good work they do."