It’s almost the season to gather with your family and friends to celebrate and give thanks for what we are fortunate enough to have. Holidays can be tough for some families, so what better way to show thanks than giving a helping hand to those in need.   

On November 3rd, the Farmington Polo Grounds held their annual Sunday, Cars & Coffee car show. This time, each spectator was asked to bring 1 unwrapped toy to donate to children in Hartford who would not have received a toy this Holiday season.  

It was a beautiful sunny day and the turnout was great. People were coming in and out, each bringing a different toy to help a family in need, all while enjoying their morning coffee, socializing and viewing antique and brand new sports cars.  

Members of the Hartford Police Athletic League attended the event and were in charge of collecting the donated toys. The toys were piling into the hummer police cruiser. Being a part of something so special and seeing how many toys were being donated was bringing everybody joy. Each toy donated is a smile on a child’s face who normally would not have the luxury of receiving a toy for the holidays.  

So many toys were donated, when the doors to the hummer were opened, toys were spilling out onto the ground by the second hour of the event! Hartford is taking the initiative to help their community. The Hartford Police Athletic Leagues mission is to “empower the youth of Hartford to realize their greatest potential” This gives children the confidence and happiness they all need to strive and live to their full potential. 

Thank you Farmington, the city of Hartford and all who attended and donated. It is important to help those in need during the holidays and give children the happiness they all deserve. 

During this busy holiday season don’t hesitate to lend a helping hand to a friend, family or a child in need. Whether it be donating, volunteering in a soup kitchen, or baking cookies and casseroles for those less fortunate than others. There is always a way to strengthen your community, if you act on it, you can make a difference.

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