IMPACTrumbull celebrates its 10th anniversary

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TRUMBULL — Alice Targowski and Diane Rivers walked through the Trumbull Senior Center Monday morning, each carrying a tote bag full of toiletries, baby pumpkins, baked goods and other items.

The two were among approximately 140 recipients of Sweets and Treats for Seniors, a program sponsored by non-profit IMPACTrumbull which distributed treats to senior citizens. IMPACT is a local non-profit organization that provides community service opportunities to area families.

Monday marked the band’s 10th anniversary, as well as their 151st project. Toothbrushes, pumpkins and the like were strewn across the tables at the senior center, and those who signed up for the Sweets and Treats program were invited to take one of everything.

Targowski, 75, and Rivers, 73, happily accepted the offer.

“It’s delicious,” Targowski said. “It brings people here who don’t usually go to the senior center.”

Rivers was impressed with the practicality of the items on offer. “That’s all you can use,” she said.

The giveaway was part of IMPACT’s “Making Gratitude Contagious” to support local essential workers and businesses. The organization has previously supported firefighters, police, paramedics, healthcare workers and those in the Trumbull public school system. Reaching out to local seniors seemed like a logical next step, said IMPACT President Jenn Record.

After all, she says, the whole idea of ​​IMPACT is to bring people of all ages together to help others.

“There are a lot of volunteer opportunities for adults, but not a lot for kids,” Record said.

IMPACT aims to complete one hands-on community service project per month and focuses on things families can do together. For example, about 20 volunteers participated in Sweets and Treats, ranging in age from 5 years old to senior citizens. Record said Monday was good for the project because many children were out of school due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

Ryan Fabrizio, 16, was among those handing out baked goods to the elderly. “I like to help as much as I can,” Fabrizio said.

Items distributed by Sweets and Treats were provided by local businesses including Ganim Garden Center and Florist, Trumbull Stop & Shop, Unilever, Vaughn Family Dentistry and 4 Imprint.

IMPACTrumbull volunteers contribute approximately 800 hours of community service per year. In addition to making gratitude contagious, her programs have included the donation of “blessings bags” of travel hygiene items donated every six to eight weeks to area homeless shelters, as well as the distribution of “cold care kits” of socks, hats and other shelter items.

Record said IMPACT is not only beneficial for those it directly helps, but also for volunteers, especially young people.

“We believe that, given the chance, children will realize that they cannot save the world overnight, but it is important to just give back,” she said.

To learn more about IMPACT, visit http://www.impactrumbull.org/who-we-are/.

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