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For many years, members and friends of AHCC become angels during the holiday season by purchasing a gift for children and youth in the community and in the city of Hartford, and you are invited to do so again this year! Beginning Sunday, December 3, the first Sunday of Advent, the Angel Tree will be up and decorated in Drew Hall. Select one or more ornaments with information about the recipient and their gift wish. Purchase the appropriate gift(s), wrap and place them back under the tree no later than Sunday, December 17. Please note that this year’s drop off period is shorter and includes weekday drop off. When dropping off your gifts, please remember to wrap and securely attach the ornament tag onto the package, so the gift can be matched to the correct recipient. When you become an angel this season, others will truly find joy, hope, and blessings! The Angel Tree project is a partnership between the AHCC Outreach Committee and the following organizations. Please contact Rev. Mia Douglas if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

ConnectiKids, Inc. is an independent, non-profit youth development agency that began in 1978, when volunteers from AHCC and neighborhood corporations came together to provide after-school tutoring for students at West Middle School. The mission of ConnectiKids is to connect Hartford children and youth to their potential by building relationships and providing educational opportunities.

Asylum Hill Family Center (AHFC) strives to improve the school readiness and success of Asylum Hill’s young children from birth to eight years old. AHFC believes that 1) parents are a child’s first and most influential nurturer, teacher, and advocate; 2) strong supportive families are the key to healthy and successful young children; and 3) families need access to information and supportive services.

Hartford Juvenile Detention Center provides a continuum of services for children and youth pending court hearings, judicial dispositions of cases, hospitalization, or while awaiting placement with a new family. These children are unable to be home for the holidays. The goal of this program is to make the best of an unfortunate situation by showing love, care, and providing gifts so the kids can enjoy the holidays.

Youth Challenge of Connecticut has been operating as a residential outreach center since 1970, for women and men recovering from drug addiction. The program emphasizes personal and social development in a sharing and caring environment. The healing process begins with a unique combination of acceptance, discipline, and structure. Youth Challenge offers an atmosphere of growth through biblical counseling and work-study.

Covenant to Care for Children is a nonprofit agency with a 25 year history of working with AHCC and other faith communities to meet the needs of abused, neglected and impoverished children and teens in Hartford and surrounding communities. A statewide network of volunteers, donors, and businesses assist to foster nurturing, caring environments, and relationships for children and youth, by providing them with basic material needs and mentoring relationships.

Trinity Academy is an independent elementary school serving Hartford area children and their families in the Asylum Hill neighborhood. They are a safe and nurturing community where students develop literacy and critical thinking skills that build the foundation for future academic success. Students experience joy as they begin to discover who they are, how they learn and the opportunities that await them.