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Still Time to Make the Holidays Brighter for CT Children in Need

Residents around Connecticut can help make the holidays brighter for children in need, CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas told iHeartRadio’s Renee DiNino in an interview that will air this Sunday but is already available online.

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

Nicholas urges Connecticut residents to take part in the Holiday Bear project and sponsor one of more than 100 public school students across the state, from pre-K through grade 12, 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.

“We have children in every zip code across the state in need this holiday season,” Nicholas says.

Of the hundreds of children nominated this holiday, more than 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 December 2.

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 Monday, December 2, at CEA’s offices in Hartford or at CEA UniServ offices for distribution before the holidays.

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Listen to the radio interview here. The interview will air this Sunday 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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