CCGM Fills Van for Homeless Students

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By Terry Rogers

In past years, the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milford has held Stocking Stuffer mixer for members to fill stockings for underprivileged children. This year, Heritage at Milford chose not to do the stocking stuffer event. Terri Favata, Broker and Realtor at Coldwell Banker Milford and a member of the CCGM board, wanted to do something to help under privileged children.

“We wanted to have a mixer here at Coldwell Banker but all the dates were taken,” said Ms. Favata. “I talked to Jo Schmeiser, the Executive Director at the Chamber, and she suggested we could do some type of collection activity. I contacted Craig Warrington, the Visiting Teacher at Milford School District and we got to work.” Coldwell Banker partnered with many businesses and non-profit organizations to collect holiday items for homeless children in Milford School District.

There are over 100 homeless students within Milford School District, according to Mr. Warrington. The district provides consistent uninterrupted education to students that are categorized as homeless. Children are homeless if they do not have a permanent address and some are residing in hotels in Milford, Georgetown and Dover. Others are “doubled-up” with friends or family members within the district.

“Coldwell Banker and the chamber members really came through for the homeless students in Milford,” Mr. Warrington said. “We totally stuffed the district’s 12-passenger van with toys, clothes, hats and over 80 coats.” In addition to the items collected for children, Ms. Favata said that donations were also accepted for the parents of the children as well.

Ms. Favata said they collected coats, scarves, hats, gloves, toys and blankets that would be given to homeless students who may otherwise have nothing for Christmas. She said it was a great feeling to be able to help those who are less fortunate in the district.

“It was awesome,” Ms. Favata said. “It was a way to give back to the community and help those who are less fortunate than we are. I feel very blessed to have been able to help those kids and their families.”