For the past 19 years, troopers from Troop H of the Connecticut State Police have been as busy as Santa’s elves carrying out their annual December Toy Drive.
With assistance from the Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM) and Aetna Ambulance, the troopers have collected more than $200,000 in cash donations and more than half a million toys to benefit children who find themselves in the Emergency Department (ED) at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center during the holidays and throughout the year.
This year, approximately 40 troopers from the Hartford barracks, along with personnel from the ambulance services, will take their posts at three area Toys “R” Us stores in Manchester, Newington and West Hartford December 15-18 to uphold what has become an annual holiday tradition and one of the most visible community service programs in the state.
“Troop H is proud to support Connecticut Children’s in this way,” said Community Police Sgt. Stephen Samson, who has helped organize the project since his arrival at Troop H four years ago. “I believe this is a very important event, not only for the children, but also for all the people involved to give joy to many kids who may be sad or scared while being at the hospital.”