The Groton Goodwill receives 38,000 donations annually. It takes an army of people to sort through it all.
It’s a typical week night in December at the New London Homeless Hospitality Center on State Pier Road and a crowd of people have gathered outside, waiting to be checked in. The sun has set and the temperature outside is dropping into the lower 30s.
Whether it’s a short visit or a morninglong stay, the parents who visit Madonna Place are there for similar reasons, often to receive the judgment-free support and attention of the center’s staff of professional counselors and nurses.
The nonprofit serves 100 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities each year, including 21 in the day program.
At the Broad Street warehouse, ground zero for the operation that feeds 20,000 people a month, every morsel of food is accounted for.
Staff, volunteers and community members all worked to make sure families in need have a happy holiday through the Groton Human Services holiday distribution.
Ledyard Citizens Helping Animals in Need's holiday outreach includes a pet food distribution for families in need and a Santa Run to deliver gifts to children for their pets.