Operation: Rescue Smile Stops in Windsor Locks
By CORAL RUGGIERO, Correspondent | March 26, 2021 | CONNECTICUT
Story No. 032921110
Photo by CORAL RUGGIEROWLFD Chief Gary Ruggiero receives the donation of stuffed animals.
Photo by CORAL RUGGIEROAurora, Shannon, and Leon receive a tour of the fire house.
Photo by CORAL RUGGIEROChief Ruggiero explains parts of the fire apparatus.
Photo by CORAL RUGGIEROSergeant James Gustafson accepts the donation on behalf of WLPD.
Photo by CORAL RUGGIEROWLLAC Paramedic Chrissy Rampelli welcomes the donation.
Photo by CORAL RUGGIERO Paramedic Rampelli showcases the ambulance.
Photo by CORAL RUGGIERO
WINDSOR LOCKS, CT - Shannon Wietecha and Aurora Broussard of Hampden, MA decided they wanted to make sure first responders in their area had something comforting to give scared children during emergencies.
As part of Girl Scout Troop 64785, they began collecting new stuffed animals and individually bagging them for distribution. They expected to just be able to donate to departments in their hometown, but through many generous donations to their campaign, including a substantial donation from PetSmart, they have been able to donate to numerous departments across Massachusetts and Connecticut.
On the evening of Friday, March 26th, Shannon, Aurora, their moms, and Aurora’s brother, Leon, delivered bags of stuffed animals to the Windsor Locks Fire Department, Windsor Locks Police Department and Windsor Locks Lions Ambulance Corps. Shannon’s mom, Bridget, a former Firefighter and EMT with the Windsor Locks Fire Department and the Windsor Locks Lions Ambulance Corps, was glad to have the opportunity to share this project with these organizations.
The girls plan to continue and expand this project for years to come. Questions about donating to the campaign or receiving donations for your department can be directed to Bridget via email at Operation.RescueSmile@gmail.com.
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