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Northford/North Branford Custom Throw Blankets


The Northford Women’s Club, GFWC, is offering a beautiful custom-designed throw showing highlights of various locations in North Branford. The size is 48” x 68” with fringe on four sides. It is 100 percent machine washable and dryable cotton and are made in the USA. There are four color choices available: Cranberry, Dark Gray, Hunter Green and Purple.

We are currently taking pre-orders up until April 20, 2018 at $45. The price after April 20 will be $50. All proceeds will go towards our charity budget, which supports local programs in our town and surrounding areas.


For more information, please email maryellen.nfwc@gmail.com or call Mary Ellen at 203-484-9079. The Northford Women’s Club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Colors shown are Dark Gray, Cranberry and Purple. Download the order form.

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Trees of Hope

Once again, the Northford Women's Club donated two decorated wreaths to the Annual Trees of Hope, a project that will benefit children and families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. This year, the themes were Woodlands and Snowman. Over one hundred beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and holiday baskets will deck the halls of the Maritime Center in New Haven were on display from December 2-9 at the Maritime Center in New Haven. Enjoyed by more than 4,000 people each year, Trees of Hope is a dynamic and festive holiday spectacular and not to be missed!

 
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The revenue generated from Trees of Hope directly benefits the families that stay at RMHCT year round. Since opening in 1985, RMHCT has served 10,000 families from 130 Connecticut communities, 43 states, and 36 countries. Each RMHCT guest room and accompanying services costs approximately $125 a night to provide. Given that families seeking specialized treatment are facing the steep financial hardships that often accompany illness, these families are asked to donate only a minimal amount of $15 per night for their stay. Many families seeking residence at RMHCT cannot afford even this modest fee. However, no family is ever turned away by RMHCT due to the inability to pay. This is possible, in part, because of the revenue generated through Trees of Hope.

Drug Take Back Program

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On Saturday, October 28, the Northford Women's Club and the North Branford Police Department co-sponsored a drug take back program. The program offers a way to safely dispose of unused medications through the CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP). Two large bags of drugs were collected and picked up by DEEP.

Although using the toilet or sink prevents someone from accidentally taking the medications, disposing of them in this way causes water pollution and has adverse effects on septic systems, sewage treatment plants, fish and other aquatic wildlife. Trace amounts of all kinds of drugs have also been found in some drinking water supplies because they pass through septic systems and sewage plants untreated. Many police stations offer drop boxes or drug take back programs to help dispose of unwanted drugs.

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The Red Cross Blood Drive

The Northford Women's club with the Red Cross sponsored a blood drive on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at The Stanley T. Williams Community Center on Middletown Avenue in Northford.

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Honor Our Military With a Flag

The Northford Women’s Club along with the North Branford Women’s Club sponsored Honor Our Military With a Flag, a salute to our country’s military personnel and veterans. The public was invited to participate by purchasing a U.S. flag dedicated to a member of our military or anyone else close to your heart.

The flags went on display on the front lawn at the North Branford Town Hall from Flag Day, June 14th to July 4th. Each flag, 12” x 18”, had a white ribbon attached to it inscribed with the name and rank of the soldier or loved one.

A ceremony was held on the Town Hall lawn on Wednesday, June 14th at 7:00 pm. Flags were available for collection after July 4th at the North Branford Town Hall.

Proceeds benefitted local veterans’ projects.

 

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National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Northford Women's Club GFWC collected cleaning supplies at the Stanley T. Williams Community Center this past October to support National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The club was able to donate four cleaning kits to Columbus House, Inc., to be included in their full Welcome Kits. A Welcome Kit provides necessities for those who are regaining their lives, moving from shelters or directly off the streets, and into their own home.

 

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Pictured: Rose Lynch and Liz Boissard (Treasurer and President of the Northford Women's Club) with Linda Kosko (Development Manager of Columbus House, Inc)

Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter

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The Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter takes animals from Branford and North Branford now that we no longer have a shelter here in town. They are in need of the following items:

  • High efficiency laundry detergent, bleach, and baking soda
  • Towels and paper towels
  • Garbage bags
  • Rabbit bedding (no cedar or pine)
  • Cat litter (not scoopable)
  • Canned or dry kitten food
  • Sensitive stomach and weight management dry cat food
  • Pig ears/rawhide chews
  • Sensitive stomach (rice and oatmeal) dry dog food
  • Soccer balls, basketballs, and footballs
  • Large and small dog beds and cat beds