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CEA and iHeartRadio Team Up for a Brighter Holiday for Children

Vice President Tom Nicholas took to the airwaves to let listeners across the state know about the 20th annual Holiday Bear project, which brings holiday cheer to hundreds of Connecticut children in need.

CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas with iHeartRadio’s Renee DiNino.

In an interview with iHeartRadio’s Renee DiNino, Nicholas urged Connecticut residents to sponsor one of 100 public school students across the state, from pre-K through 12th grade, who have been nominated by their teachers to receive holiday gifts (such as books, toys, or gift certificates) and essentials (such as coats and hats). Families of these students are facing financial hardships that will make it difficult to afford holiday gifts this year.

Of the 800 children nominated this holiday, nearly 100 are still in need of sponsors who will either purchase presents on a child’s wish list or make a monetary contribution. The deadline for sponsors is November 30.

Holiday Bear is a project of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF)—CEA’s charitable arm—for which Nicholas serves as president. You can make a difference by sponsoring a child. CEA will provide information on a nominated child, including that child’s favorite things, and you may either purchase a gift or make a monetary donation. Gifts and donations must be received by Friday, November 30, at CEA’s offices in Hartford or at CEA UniServ offices for distribution before the holidays.

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Nicholas discusses the important work of the Holiday Bear project and the need for sponsors.

Listen to the radio interview here. The interview aired on KISS 95.7, KC 101, Country 92.5, The River 105.9, and The Beat 97.9, as well as AM stations ESPN Radio 1300, News Radio 1410, and 960 WELI.

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