HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – There is a great deal of stress that comes with being a family member of someone who is serving our nation in the military overseas.
To help some of those local families deal with the financial hardships that come during the holiday season, the Connecticut National Guard kicked off the 15th annual edition of Operation ELF Thursday
The program helps families with gift cards for grocery and department stores, in addition to providing new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages. In addition to the gift cards, the guard says donations of fuel and snow removal services are also welcome.
“This is a great opportunity for anyone who’s ever wanted to ‘do something’ to support Connecticut’s troops,” said Lt. Governor Wyman. “Our military men and women have so bravely answered the call to duty; we’re grateful for their service and want to make deployment as easy as possible for their loved ones.”
Currently, 400 Connecticut Airmen are preparing for deployment to Southwest Asia, 100 deployed last week to the Middle East, and 60 National Guard Soldiers recently returned from deployment to Afghanistan.
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