Operation Elf kicks off

Members of the 242nd Engineer Detachment meet with Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman before deployment. (Photo: CT National Guard).

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Thursday marks the beginning of the annual ‘Operation ELF’ campaign in Connecticut which stands for ‘Embracing Lonely Families’ of the National Guard.

This holiday season, there are over 200 men and women of the guard deployed. ‘Operation ELF’ collects donations of all kinds from toys, gift cards, holiday decorations and money. Those donations help make sure that families across our state will have a happy holiday season.

“We are deeply grateful for the sacrifices made by our military men and women and their families,” said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. “Operation ELF is a great way to directly support military families, and is part of an overall commitment to improving their quality of life. In conjunction with our workforce training initiatives, expanded educational opportunities, housing assistance, and job placement help, Operation ELF helps create a brighter future for our service members and their families.”

The deadline for contributions is Dec. 14. ‘Operation ELF’ hosts a big party for the families in December at the State Armory in Hartford. You can drop off your gifts there or at other Connecticut National Guard locations.

Nearly 250 Connecticut National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are currently deployed in support of operations around the world.

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