The holidays are fast-approaching and Harken’s Landscape Supply in East Windsor will celebrate the season with a special gift to Connecticut Children’s. For every Christmas tree sold through December 25, Harken’s will donate $5 to benefit pediatric patient care at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Harken’s, which specializes in hardscape products for outdoor kitchens, walkways, patios and retaining walls, supports more than a dozen charities, including Connecticut Children’s, the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children.
Helping Kids Like Natalie
The donations from tree sales will support patient care at the Medical Center for children like 4-year-old Natalie, from Vernon, who was born the day after Christmas with two holes in her heart. While the holes were small enough to heal on their own, Natalie required treatment for other medical challenges, including plagiocephaly—a flattened skull—as well as a tethered spine and urological and gastrointestinal problems.
Today, Natalie continues to visit Connecticut Children’s, where she is treated by a dozen specialists and is steadily making progress. “It’s been a long road, but we can never give up,” her mother, Julie, says.
Stories like Natalie’s and other young patients inspired Harken’s owners Jamie and Tracy Gilbert to support patient care at Connecticut Children’s.
A Business with a Big Heart
The Gilberts’ landscape and garden business began as part of Harken’s Market and has grown over the years, as has Jamie’s passion for it. In 2007 he bought part of the business from the Market’s owner. Today, Harken’s Market and Harken’s Landscape Supply are neighbors, even though they are separate businesses, each run by someone not named Harken.
It is a business that requires a lot of time and attention, with Tracy acting as office manager and Jamie handling the products and sales. Despite the near-constant demands of the business, there is always time for charity.
The Gilberts have long known about the vital work and the great care provided by nurses, doctors and other clinical staff at Connecticut Children’s—work made possible by the generosity of people like the Gilberts.
As Harken’s Landscape Supply prepares for the holidays, it will be brimming with lights and other festive decorations and the goodwill that comes with giving back to others through their Christmas tree sales campaign. “It used to be a one-day event,” Tracy says of the tree sale, “but now it’s all season. And even people who don’t buy a tree make a donation.”
If you’d like to purchase a tree or learn more about Harken’s Landscape Supply please visit their website.