Operation Holiday – Helping Spooner House Feed Over 400 Families


Thanksgiving Day is about more than just giving thanks – it’s about helping those around us as well. This year, we teamed up with Spooner House to help provide families in need with a Thanksgiving Day feast.

With the help of everyone that stopped by, Spooner House was able to collect 153 turkeys, nearly 600 non-perishable items, and $574 that will help provide an additional 190 meals to be distributed through the Spooner House food pantry.

Operation Holiday runs throughout the month of November, collecting food each day to help feed as many families as possible. On Thanksgiving of 2013, 450 families were provided with a Thanksgiving feast, complete with stuffing, cranberry sauce, side dishes, desserts, and even coffee and tea. On behalf of Spooner House, we’d like to thank all of you who donated and helped make this year’s Operation Holiday a successful one.

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News Channel 8 Covers the Spooner House Food Drive!


With only one day until the Spooner House Operation Holiday food drive, News Channel 8 arrived early this morning to report on the event.

Operation Holiday, a food drive mission that takes place throughout the month of November, aims to bring people together and feed families in need this Thanksgiving Day. By collecting donations of frozen turkeys, canned vegetables and fruits, stuffing, pie crust and filling, coffee, tea, and more, they are able to put together baskets for families that cannot afford their own Thanksgiving meals.

An average basket for each family is made up of an assortment of these items: 1 box of instant potatoes, 2 packages of gravy, 1 box or bag of stuffing mix, 4 cans of vegetables, 1 can of cranberry sauce, pie crust mix, pie filling of any type, 1 jar of pickles, 1 can of olives, 1 can of evaporated milk, 2 cans of fruit, coffee, tea, sugar, powdered drink mix, corn bread mix, brownie or cake mix, and napkins. Essentially, everything that a family could hope for on Thanksgiving Day.

Spooner House will be collecting food donations in our office parking lot, located at 155 New Haven Avenue in Derby, CT, from 7 AM to 7 PM. Join Dr. Bruce Sofferman of Smile Dental Centers and his family as they help Spooner House meet their goals for Operation Holiday! For more information, tune into News Channel 8 at 5 PM today!


*Update: WTNH.com has posted this video, reporting on the Spooner House food drive and how you can help. 
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Operation Holiday – Help Spooner House Provide Families With Thanksgiving

Every year, Spooner House brings people together by asking those who are fortunate enough to host their own Thanksgiving dinner, to give the gift of Thanksgiving dinner to a family who cannot afford it. They call this Operation Holiday.

spooner-house-operation-holidaySpooner House is run by Area Congregations Together to help provide meals for those who are unable to cook for themselves or afford food. They were founded in 1979. Within three years, they began coordinating with the Valley Food Bank Network. Shortly after, they opened the first homeless shelter in the valley. Their mission is to help provide food, shelter, and support services to those in need. From this mission, Operation Holiday was born.

Operation Holiday supplies individual families with everything needed for a traditional Thanksgiving feast – a turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, veggies, pie and pie crust, cranberry sauce, corn bread, pickles, olives, fruit, coffee, tea, milk, and sugar. More than that, Operation Holiday gives families the opportunity to sit down to a home made meal with their loved ones.

On November 21st, you can help the Spooner House with Operation Holiday by donating food items to help make sure that no one goes with out a holiday meal. Dr. Bruce Sofferman and family will be dressed up as Pilgrims and Native Americans in the On Time parking lot, located on Route 34 at 155 New Haven Avenue in Derby. For a list of food donations needed, click here.

Operation Holiday is more than just one day. It is currently underway, with events all month long. If you’re not able to stop by our parking lot on the 21st, click here for a list of dates and places where Operation Holiday will be taking place.

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Tips on How to Raise Money at Your Next Fundraiser

Whether you’re raising money for your company or a charity, a unique and interesting fundraiser is a successful fundraiser. Captivating slogans and logos, designs that draw people in and make them curious about your company or mission – all of these lead to raising money for your cause. The big question is how to come up with the right ones and what to display them on.

When starting to plan your fundraiser, consider your clientele. What is the age group that you are marketing to? Gender? Social class? All of these and more play into your final decision of how to run your fundraiser. Once you’ve recognized who your clientele is, you can begin to plan how you will raise money.

Bake sales and car washes are sure to draw people in, but they may not apply to your company. The best way to get the word out about your company and cause is to be creative. Your mission statement doesn’t need to be right on your company sticker or t-shirt. Instead, use an interesting logo or design to engage your clientele and make them want to know more. Think of your fundraiser as providing them with information and goods that they will want, rather than just raising money for your cause. With this mindset, you will be more in tune to what will grab your clientele’s interest and generate money for your fundraiser.

Just as your design and logo will help draw people to your fundraiser, so will the items that you advertise on and sell. A custom banner is perfect to help get the word out about when your fundraiser will take place and what it’s cause is. The products you use will depend on your targeted clientele. Teens and young adults will enjoy fun stickers, while adults … Continue reading

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HuskyTHON T-Shirts for a Cause

Each year, the University of Connecticut hosts the HuskyTHON, a yearlong fundraiser to benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Events for this fundraiser range from a Spin-a-Thon to a fashion show, and end with the HuskyTHON Dance Marathon in February. Throughout the year, teams like the Uconn Student Nurses’ Association band together, designing custom t-shirts and other ways to raise money for the kids at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

The HuskyTHON Dance Marathon is the number one student-run philanthropy group in Connecticut, raising over $300,000.00 last year. This year will be the HuskyTHON Dance Marathon’s 13th anniversary Each dance marathon lasts for 18 hours over the course of one weekend. Participants celebrate the cause that they spent all HuskyTHON-artworkyear fundraising for with bands, performances, comedians, hypnotists, inflatables that they can play on with their sponsored miracle child, and a ten minute morale dance that repeats on the hour. With high hopes to beat their record-breaking numbers from last year, students and alumni are encouraged to participate and fundraise for the event. All funds raised from HuskyTHON help support numerous programs and aide in purchasing state-of-the-art medical equipment at the medical center. Since its inception, HuskyTHON has raised nearly $1,000,000 and is likely to break that number soon.

Leading up to the HuskyTHON Dance Marathon, campus clubs, groups, sororities, and fraternities create their own teams and compete to see who can raise the most money. Money is raised through registration fees, pledges, and sponsorships. Each team sponsors a miracle child from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Each miracle child, along with their family, is invited to attend the event. As the UConn HuskyTHON Dance Marathon nears, teams reach out to their community, friends, and family to meet fundraising goals before the big weekend.

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