Senator Kissel Promotes Charitable Giving During the Holidays on his Local Cable Access Show “Senator Kissel and Friends”

December 2, 2002

State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) taped a special holiday edition of his monthly cable show, “Senator Kissel and Friends,” last Monday. This month’s program, which will run through December, features members of local organizations taking part in food and toy drives for those less fortunate during this holiday season.

John Woods, Commander of Suffield VFW Post 954, is accepting contributions for a food bank as well as toys for children from needy homes. The Windsor Locks Social Services Department, led by Director Janet Leiper, is making Holiday Food Baskets for needy families, while Ronald G. Marcotte, Chief of Police in Enfield, is looking for donations for the “Toys for Joy” drive. Senator Kissel also urged people to make food donations to the Enfield Food Shelf.

In addition, three representatives from the East Granby Cub Scouts appeared with Senator Kissel at Monday’s taping. Michaela Rosenberger, the Chairman of the “Scouting for Joy” toy drive, was joined by Cubmaster Pete Bailey and his son, local cub scout Thomas Bailey, to promote their program to collect toys, clothes, and books to benefit the Children’s Place state foster care center.

“Every child should have the opportunity to open a present on Christmas morning and every family ought to enjoy a hot meal this holiday season,” said Senator Kissel. “I would like to thank all of my guests for their efforts towards making this time of year more enjoyable for those individuals and families in need.”

“I hope those who tune in will find it in their hearts to make a small contribution to one or more of these terrific causes,” continued Senator Kissel. “It’s a wonderful way to lend a helping hand since giving is truly what the holiday season is all about.”

“Senator Kissel and Friends” runs Mondays at 3PM and 9:30PM on Cox Communications Public Access Channel 15 in Enfield.