Young lead­ers to host an­nual stuff-a-cruiser hol­i­day event

An­nual event to help pro­vide hol­i­day gifts for fam­i­lies

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - KEVIN WILHELM Kevin Wilhelm is pres­i­dent and CEO of the Mid­dle­sex United Way in Middletown.

MIDDLETOWN — Gone are the days of 60-de­gree weather and sunlight af­ter 5:30 p.m. The hol­i­day sea­son is right around the cor­ner, and with the hol­i­days often come ex­cited fam­i­lies and gifts. It is heart­break­ing to think about how many fam­i­lies will go with­out gifts this hol­i­day sea­son, but un­for­tu­nately, it is a sad re­al­ity in Mid­dle­sex County.

The Mid­dle­sex United Way Young Lead­ers So­ci­ety will host its sixth an­nual Hol­i­day So­cial & Stuff-a-Cruiser event at the Hop Knot Res­tau­rant Dec. 13. We hope you will join us in so­cial­iz­ing for a good cause and bring a new, un­wrapped gift to help us stuff a Middletown po­lice cruiser with gifts for kids in grades six to 12. All gifts will be dis­trib­uted through­out the Middletown area.

A com­pli­men­tary beer will be pro­vided for at­ten­dees that do­nate an un­wrapped gift. The Hop Knot is well-known for gourmet pret­zels, as well as an ex­ten­sive lo­cal craft beer selec­tion. They of­fer unique menu items such as their fa­mous knot dogs, pret­zel grilled cheeses and pret­zel bun sand­wiches.

This year, we are seek­ing to col­lect gifts for an older de­mo­graphic, as th­ese in­di­vid­u­als are often over­looked and for­got­ten. Gift do­na­tions could in­clude sports equip­ment (such as soc­cer balls, foot­balls and bat­ting gloves), beauty prod­ucts, hand and body lo­tions, movie tick­ets, cold weather ac­ces­sories, DVDs, books, jew­elry, gift cer­tifi­cates, mp3 play­ers, and male or fe­male clothes.

If you are un­able to at­tend on Dec 13th but would still like to be a part of our cause, please con­sider spon­sor­ing the event or mak­ing a do­na­tion. If you are in­ter­ested, please visit mid­dle­sex­u­nit­ed­way.org/yls or call Amanda Fur­long at 860-346-8695.

The Young Leader So­ci­ety is a group of pas­sion­ate in­di­vid­u­als, 40ish years old and younger, ded­i­cated to grow­ing the spirit of phi­lan­thropy, com­mu­nity ad­vo­cacy, vol­un­teerism and lead­er­ship. The Young Lead­ers So­ci­ety pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for net­work­ing, learn­ing, lead­ing and vol­un­teer­ing.

The group holds var­i­ous events through­out the county and is an in­te­gral part of the Mid­dle­sex United Way’s goal to strengthen and im­prove our county. Through the years, the so­ci­ety has suc­cess­fully hosted Learn with Lead­ers, stuff-acruis­ers, school sup­ply drives, Thanks­giv­ing food drives, and Putts-for-a-Pur­pose fundrais­ing events. Th­ese are often geared to­ward im­prov­ing and im­pact­ing ed­u­ca­tion, in­come, health and hous­ing.

New peo­ple are al­ways wel­come, so please bring a friend and help sup­port us Dec. 13.

To learn more about the Young Lead­ers So­ci­ety or to RSVP for the so­cial, con­tact Amanda Fur­long at 860-346-8695 or Amanda.fur­long@mid­dle­sex­u­nit­ed­way.org.

Con­trib­uted photo

Mem­bers of the Mid­dle­sex United Way Young Lead­ers So­ci­ety, back row, from left, Bren­dan Kelly and Eric Kane; front row, from left, Meg Slater, Amanda Knight, Caitlin Fin­nemore and Kevin Har­ris; par­tic­i­pate in last year’s Stuff-a-Cruiser in Middletown.

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