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We-Heart-ford: Acts of Kindness

Thank you, West Hartford for your generosity and thoughtfulness during this difficult time. Here are some of the acts of kindness we heard.

Send your acts of kindness story to Renee McCue and we will add it here!

Black Bamboo (844 Farmington Ave.) is selling t-shirts for $15, with the proceeds going to the Town That Cares Fund.

Max Foundation donated over 500 bags of food to restaurant workers.

West Hartford Public Schools has distributed over 40,000 meals to students and the West Hartford Food Pantry has given out hundreds of bags of groceries.

Three Conard high school students started WeHa At Your Service. They organized local volunteers to deliver groceries to our elderly and residents who are immuno-compromised. To learn more, go to 
https://www.wehaatyourservice.com

On I-84 West, exit 44, there is an enormous billboard to thank Bugbee teachers for their work while they are teaching our children who are social distancing at home. This says so much about our school system! The billboard was paid by one of the Bugbee parents.

The DORO Group is selling heart Thank You lawn signs for $15. Proceeds will be used to fund meals that DORO Restaurant Group is providing for healthcare worker at area hospitals. Signs are available for pick-up on Friday and Saturday, 4:00-7:00PM, in front of Zohara restaurant, 991 Farmington Avenue.

Our first responders and healthcare workers have a special place in our hearts. All around town residents have displayed a heart on their home to show their support.

Thank you to all the West Hartford residents who donated much needed cleaning supplies, face coverings, surgical masks, and gloves to West Hartford first responders. We asked, and you delivered!

The West Hartford Police Union purchased and delivered 75 meals each to Hartford Hospital, Saint Francis Medical Center, and UConn Health Center. The meals were served to healthcare workers at lunch. Excellent gesture on the Union’s part!

Calvary Fellowship, a non-denominational church that formerly met at Conard High School before the pandemic, brought 800 assorted carnations to four nursing homes in West Hartford: Brookdale Chatfield, Brookdale West Hartford, Hughes Health and Rehab and The Mercy Community at St. Mary's Home.

There are so many positive things happening across town even in these challenging times. Here are two people who are making a difference:

Soden Tek, owner of The Blue Elephant Trail, has been making and delivering meals to senior citizens and first responders.

Mike Keo, a West Hartford photographer, founded the powerful photo and storytelling campaign #iamnotavirus to raise the visibility and voices of the Asian American community locally and worldwide. Mike is working on mental health resources through his campaign to share district wide.

 

Socceropolis acts of kindness by Debra and Milton Ortega:

  • Teamed up with Sally & Bob’s and donated & delivered breakfast to Foodshare staff
  • Sponsored "A Nurse's Request" initiative by collecting and delivering decorated bags for local healthcare workers to store their personal protection equipment
  • Socceropolis was one of the very first to offer free virtual soccer classes and entertaining videos for children
  • Ran contests to help promote local businesses who were open, such as a free pizza contest; we picked up pizzas from Harry’s and delivered to our soccer families. Milton made videos and encouraged people to support many businesses.
  • Created “Team Socceropolis” for Chrysalis Center’s #DonationCreation2020 month-long campaign: collected & delivered non-perishables food items for our hungry neighbors
  • Interviewed non-profits to promote their efforts
  • Milton volunteered his time to run free virtual soccer classes for Camp K.O. and The Miale Team at Keller Williams
  • Milton made random visits to his Socceropolis kid’s homes and brought them little gifts to brighten their day during isolation

The Bridge Family Center is collecting books and diapers for families in need. Items can be dropped off at 1022 Farmington Avenue, Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 1:00PM. Please call first so we are alerted of the donation; call 860-521-8035. After hours, donations may be left on the back porch. To make a monetary donation, click here

West Hartford resident Kurt Moyer, and his sons Nathan and Jayden, make large batches of WHO hand sanitizer and donate them to Bristol hospital, Hands on Hartford, local healthcare workers and neighbors. Kurt and his wife Deb own a pharmaceutical contract laboratory in Bristol.

A team of volunteers from the community and the West Hartford Garden Club led by Lisa Daly, Department Supervisor, PK-12, Health & Physical Education, West Hartford Public Schools, coordinated "Seeds Growing Students" in which potting kits were distributed at WHPS's Grab n Go sites. Over 500 soil and seed packets were assembled.