Members of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) continued their 11-year holiday tradition of collecting for the Connecticut National Guard Service Member & Family Support Center’s Operation ELF (Embracing Lonely Families) program. But this year, in addition to encouraging donations from funeral directors and suppliers, 28 funeral homes across the state served as community collection sites for toys and gift cards.
“It has been an honor for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association to support Operation ELF for close to a decade, assisting the families of Connecticut servicemen and women who are away from home during the holidays,” explained Howard K. Hill, CFSP, CPC, CCO, 2016 President of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association. “Over the past month, we collected more than $5,100 worth of toys, gift cards and funds from our own members, and hundreds of dollars more in toys and funds from the general public. By expanding our efforts, we were able to double the amount we raised for Operation ELF this year.”