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Stamford girls youth group delivers turkeys to food bank

November 20, 2018

STAMFORD — The city police department’s Girls Leadership Group visited the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County Monday to drop off about 40 turkeys to feed the poor on Thanksgiving.

The turkeys were donated by the Stamford Police Association to help the Food Bank collect 15,000 turkeys this year.

“I like how they help the community,” Trailblazers Academy student Tyhria Allen, 13, said after delivering the turkeys. “I know it makes me feel good to help. If I could do more stuff to help the community, I would.”

The group was formed six years ago by Chief Jon Fontneau as a way for middle school-aged girls to forge friendships and develop positive relationships with police officers.

One of the mentors, Sgt. Kelly Connelly, said most of the girls had never been to the Glenbrook food bank and were humbled by the experience.

“I think it was good, because we were doing a good thing for the community,” Trailblazers student Nakiyah Fields, 11, said.

Food Bank Executive Director Kathleen Lombardo said she was grateful for the donation.

“It is nice to see our police department teaching the youngsters of this community that they have a role caring for their community,” Lombardo said. “They are learning that they will be the next generation to carry forward this type of giving.”

Trailblazers student Star Mendez, 11, said, “I was very proud of myself because I was helping. I think it is very helpful for the community.”

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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