Clinton Woman Wants to Help the Town's 'First Responders'

Clinton isn't Newtown, but all first responders could use a little extra thanks this holiday season.


When Michele Faiella saw two Clinton officers on their motorcycles traveling out of town, she thought (correctly) that they may be headed across the state to Newtown to assist and support the other first responders with the funerals of so many tragic lives lost last Friday.

That got her thinking about her own town and the men and women who work and volunteer in times of crisis.

"I want to do something for the Clinton Police Department and Clinton Volunteer Fire Department," said Faiella. "I was thinking about sending trays of food and baked goods for them while they work over the holidays."

Faiella turned to the Clinton Patch to help get the word out to the community.

"I thought we could get people to chip in and get food from local delis such as Saldamarco's or pizza from Grand Apizza Shoreline and have it delivered on Monday (Dec. 24)," she said. "If people wanted to bake or bring their own food they could bring it to either the firehouse or the police department on that day."

"Even if people wanted to drop things off on Sunday, it would be an ongoing gift through the holiday as the police department and fire department personnel are always coming and going," said Faiella. "It would just be a way for people to say thanks for all they do."

If you would like to be a part of this community effort, please drop off any type of food (from home or a local shop) to the police department or fire department on Monday, Dec. 24. If you would like to contribute to the purchased food, please call or email Michele Faiella at 860-664-4578 or at michelefaiella@att.net.

Kristopher S. Struzinski December 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Michelle, My name is Kristopher Struzinski and I am the public information officer for the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department. On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to thank you for your generosity, and the generosity of our entire community in which we are grateful to serve. As a volunteer fire department, we do not staff our buildings 24/7, our members respond to emergencies via their personal vehicles to either the scene of an emergency, or our stations in order to bring the apparatus to the emergency. As with most major holidays, we can't guarantee that any of our members will be at either of our firehouses on Christmas Eve, and most likely will be spending that time with their families, and we would hate to have members of our community go thru the trouble of bringing food to our headquarters, only to find nobody is their. Therefore, in the spirit of the season, and to honor the sense of community that we all feel regarding the tragic events, that you and others donate the food for us, to a local food pantry or charity, so that needy families may enjoy the holiday. Once again we can't thank you enough, and thank our fellow residents. It is truly an honor for all of us within the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department to serve such a wonderful community. Happy Holidays to all!
JayD December 21, 2012 at 02:03 PM
A wonderul jesture on the part of the Clinton VFD. Merry Xmas Kristopher.
Donna Whalen December 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM
A lovely thought Michele and Kristopher. We ALL need to be kinder to each other and come together in the way we did after 9/11. Merry Christmas to all.
michele faiella December 21, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Kris, just made a donation in Clinton FD name to Sandy Hook victims. Going to donate to the local community now. Hope you you know we appreciate all you do.
Paula Quick Heser December 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
As a PROUD member of the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department, and the wife of the Fire Chief, I cannot agree more! This is a WONDERFUL gesture by Michelle Faiella. As Kris stated it truly is an honor to serve and protect this lovely community of Clinton. It would better serve our town by donating the food to the local food pantry, in the form of canned goods that can be brought to Clinton Stop and Shop. You can also drop off food or monetary donations to the Food Pantry at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Advent at 81 East Main Street, Clinton on Saturday, December 22 between 9am and 11am. Thank you for letting us know that we are appreciated by you, the members of Clinton! Sometimes it is nice to hear that we are appreciated. Paula Heser and the Heser Family And of course anything you can do for our brothers and sisters of the Sandy Hood Fire Department would also be greatly appreciated.


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