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Make a Difference: The Arc Eastern Connecticut

Who: Tim and Connie

Agency: The Arc Eastern Connecticut

The situation: Tim and Connie are a married couple with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive services through The Arc's In-Home Supports program. They live in a small apartment and have no income other than what covers rent and part-time care for Connie, who is in a wheelchair and whose health is declining. Tim is Connie's caregiver when her aide isn't working, and he also takes care of his elderly mom, who lives down the street. Although both Connie and Tim would love to occasionally go out and be social, they really don't have many opportunities, and could use some help to make this holiday season a little happier.

What to give: They both need clothes, especially winter coats; gift certificates for Marshalls or Burlington would be great. Tim: shirts size L, winter jacket XL, pants/jeans 38/34, support socks. Tim loves any type of baseball caps. Connie: shirts size L, stretch pants/leggings L, sports bra XL, winter poncho/coat XL, hair ties and scrunchies. Gas cards also are needed, so Tim can take Connie to her frequent doctors' appointments. Gift cards for a movie theater and/or dining out (99 Restaurant is their favorite) would thrill them. They'd also love a thick blue blanket (any size) for winter.

To donate: Monetary donations and gift cards can be sent to The Arc Eastern Connecticut, Attn: Denise Tift, 125 Sachem St., Norwich, CT 06360; include "Make a Difference" in the memo. Make an appointment for in-person donations by calling (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.

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