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Four Golden Opportunities Tag-A-Gift Locations Set Up



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Golden Opportunities works in partnership with several Newtown groups as well as elder care facilities in Newtown and the region. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for residents in these facilities by providing outreach services of comfort, compassion, and support.

This holiday season, Golden Opportunities is again providing some joy to the residents of these facilities through a Tag-A-Gift program.

Four locations have been set up for this holiday season. The public is invited to take a tag, purchase the requested item, and return it to that location by Tuesday, December 10.

This year’s locations are the lobby of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street; Newtown Savings Bank’s new location, 32 Church Hill Road; the Customer Service desk at Stop & Shop, within Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street; and Taunton Press, 63 South Main Street.

Gifts need to be left unwrapped and have their request tag attached to them when they are dropped off. Gift receipts are requested if possible, as are gift bags.

Newtown Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 50293 have again crafted handmade ornaments for the program. One ornament is attached to each gift request tag, and the ornaments are meant to be kept as gifts for those purchasing gifts for the Golden Opportunities outreach.

Golden Opportunities received requests, according to volunteer Karen Harris said, from 185 people this year. The gifts will be delivered later this month to residents of Newtown Rehabilitation & Health Care Center (formerly Masonicare at Newtown), St John Paul II Center in Danbury, and Notre Dame in Norwalk.

The gift requests are simple and relatively inexpensive. They range from knitting books for ideas and patterns to sweatpants to body wash and lotion, hats, a throw pillow, or chocolates.

For additional information, call Ms Harris at 203-304-9858.

Edmond Town Hall Operations Manager Sheila Torres, left, was joined by Golden Opportunities volunteers Lynette Daria and Karen Harris on November 27, when a Tag-A-Gift tree was decorated in the lobby of the historic building at 45 Main Street. The public is invited to select an ornament, and gift request, from any of four locations this holiday season. Gifts will then be given to residents of elder care facilities. —Bee Photo, Hicks
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