For many, the days before Thanksgiving are full of chaos as families prepare for their turkey feast. At The Day, it marks the beginning of an annual tradition that truly "makes a difference" for area families in need.
Make a Difference: Always Home
Samantha, a 28-year-old woman, is the single mother of a newborn son, two boys, ages 7 and 8, and a daughter, age 5.
Jason and Ada, in their 30s
Make a Difference: Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center
Make a Difference: Norwich Salvation Army
Make a Difference: Westerly Area Rest Meals
A young couple with 2 teenagers.
Sally and her two teenage daughters, ages 15 and 16
Make A Difference: New London Drop-In Learning Center
Make a Difference: Madonna Place
A single mother of one child.
A single mother of two daughters ages 4 and 7.
Make a Difference: Jewish Federation of Eastern CT
Marie is a young mother with two young sons ages 5 and 7 months.
Carmen lives with and cares for her daughter Maria, who has an intellectual and developmental disability, and her granddaughter Mimi, who has Down Syndrome.
Make a Difference - St. Vincent de Paul Place
Jessica was a successful nurse working at one of the local hospitals when an attack by her abuser left her injured and unable to work.
Make a Difference: Martin House
Make a Difference: Stonington Human Services
Make a Difference: Catholic Charities
Dale, his wife, and two children (two girls, ages 2 years and 8 months)
Six families in the shelter are working to secure permanent housing.
Make a Difference: Care and Share
Make a Difference: Community Speaks Out of Groton
WHO: A single woman just back to work after a medical leave. She has agreed to adopt four of her young nieces and nephews after the death of their parents.
Make a Difference: DCF Independent Living
Make a Difference: Sisters of Charity