Make a Difference: The Arc New London County

WHO: Carmen lives with and cares for her daughter Maria, who has an intellectual and developmental disability, and her granddaughter Mimi, who has Down Syndrome.

AGENCY: The Arc New London County, 125 Sachem St., Norwich

HER SITUATION: Carmen and her family recently relocated from Florida, which does not provide any services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and they now share a small room in a relative's apartment. Carmen is finding it harder and harder, as she grows older, to care for her family without additional support, and their move left them with no money and very few possessions.

WHAT TO GIVE: The family would greatly appreciate warm winter pajamas, fluffy socks and slippers. Mimi needs boots, winter and casual, in children's size 11. She wears a size 8 and loves anything that plays music. Maria wears an XL, shoe size 8.5 and likes beauty and hair care items and accessories.  Carmen also wears an XL and could use gift cards for food and essentials. An iPad would be beneficial to the family as a form of communication and to provide useful apps to enhance daily living skills.

TO DONATE: Contact Denise Tift at The Arc New London County, (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.

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