Middlesex United Way young leaders hosting stuff-a-cruiser

Gone are the days of 60-degree weather and sunlight after 5:30 p.m. The holiday season is right around the corner, and with the holidays often come excited families and gifts. It is heartbreaking to think about how many families will go without gifts this holiday season, but unfortunately, it is a sad reality in Middlesex County.

The Middlesex United Way Young Leaders Society will host its sixth annual Holiday Social & Stuff-a-Cruiser event at the Hop Knot Restaurant Dec. 13. We hope you will join us in socializing for a good cause and bring a new, unwrapped gift to help us stuff a Middletown police cruiser with gifts for kids in grades six to 12. All gifts will be distributed throughout the Middletown area.

A complimentary beer will be provided for attendees that donate an unwrapped gift. The Hop Knot is well-known for gourmet pretzels, as well as an extensive local craft beer selection. They offer unique menu items such as their famous knot dogs, pretzel grilled cheeses and pretzel bun sandwiches.

This year, we are seeking to collect gifts for an older demographic, as these individuals are often overlooked and forgotten. Gift donations could include sports equipment (such as soccer balls, footballs and batting gloves), beauty products, hand and body lotions, movie tickets, cold weather accessories, DVDs, books, jewelry, gift certificates, mp3 players, and male or female clothes.

If you are unable to attend on Dec 13th but would still like to be a part of our cause, please consider sponsoring the event or making a donation. If you are interested, please visit middlesexunitedway.org/yls or call Amanda Furlong at 860-346-8695.

The Young Leader Society is a group of passionate individuals, 40ish years old and younger, dedicated to growing the spirit of philanthropy, community advocacy, volunteerism and leadership. The Young Leaders Society provides opportunities for networking, learning, leading and volunteering.

The group holds various events throughout the county and is an integral part of the Middlesex United Way’s goal to strengthen and improve our county. Through the years, the society has successfully hosted Learn with Leaders, stuff-a-cruisers, school supply drives, Thanksgiving food drives, and Putts-for-a-Purpose fundraising events. These are often geared toward improving and impacting education, income, health and housing.

New people are always welcome, so please bring a friend and help support us Dec. 13.

To learn more about the Young Leaders Society or to RSVP for the social, contact Amanda Furlong at 860-346-8695 or Amanda.furlong@middlesexunitedway.org.

Kevin Wilhelm is president and CEO of the Middlesex United Way in Middletown.