Elizabeth Hall-Hurley

Founder

I came to CT at the age of 16 with my 6-month old son seeking a better life for us. My first job in CT was doing domestic work. God gave me "favor" with a couple attorneys, becoming close friends with them. I began cleaning their offices & one job led to another & they wanted to help me & I soon found other domestic work in other attorneys' homes. 

 

Soon I got my Drivers License and continued my education at night at Montville HS. A representative from the WINS program, a CT State program that assisted people in finding & transporting people to and from jobs, employed me to help other people & I began driving them to and from jobs.

 

As a young wife & mother, my home became a refuge for a couple of runaway girls, who found safety in my home; this is why I soon became a CT foster mother, while in my 20s. I have been a foster mother to 187 children over the years, beside my own 6 children & also my deceased sister's 5 children.

In my 30's, I began working as a Deputy Sheriff with the New London Sheriff Dept.,having graduated from the Police Academy. I soon decided I wanted and opened up a Boutique on Boswell Ave in Norwich, selling beauty products, and different, inexpensive toys for children. People felt free to visit my store where I always listened to their stories and problems; many times they said they had nothing for their children for Christmas. As a result, God gave me a vision to start Kids Christmas-because I truly felt "everyday should be Christmas for children"!

 

Originally, I thought I would do Kids Christmas just for a couple years; who would have thought that 30 years would go by so fast! 😊 My daughters stood by me & supported me & Kids Christmas so much, that I recently realized, it was time to pass the baton, with my daughter Brenda Stone as the new Executive Director. I knew she would run with it and that they would continue my mission of Love, Generosity & Care

 

As Kids Christmas moves forward under new leadership, my prayer is that the people that I have helped, will continue moving forward, making progress and learn to give back and help those who are now in need, because I never had that help as a young mother-it was not available when I was raising my children. I have enjoyed Kids Christmas; I get great satisfaction being recognized in the community as "Liz", "Grandma Liz", "The toy lady"...it brings my heart such joy! God Bless all of you!

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Call us:

860-407-2226

Find us: 

P.O. Box 613

Jewett City, CT 06351

About Us:We Are

Founded in 1987, Kids' Christmas Toy Fund is a community agency, providing a stimulating environment for youth, allowing them to explore and grow.  Communities and neighborhoods change over time, but the needs of youth and family remain relatively fixed. Kids' Christmas Toy Fund dedicates its efforts to providing services to children and teens from around the greater Griswold area.

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