The Hamden Senior Holiday Gift Run keeps on giving.
Last week officials from Quinnipiac University's WQUN AM 1220 presented a $1,000 check to Darlene Butler, director of Community Services for the town of Hamden, on Jan. 23. The money was raised through the fourth annual Hamden Senior Holiday Gift Run.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Steve Savino, assistant general manager of the radio station. “There’s nothing like giving back to the community. I wish we could do more.”
Butler said the money will be used to provide meals and to help defray the costs of heating for the needy.
“We are certainly appreciative,” she said.
The fourth annual Hamden Senior Holiday Gift Run was held Dec. 18 at the Miller Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Ave. The event was a collaboration between WQUN, Arden House, Lifetime Care at Home, Quinnipiac Bank & Trust, the senior center and VNA Community Healthcare.
Monetary donations as well as non-perishable food and new items such as gloves, hats, scarfs, blankets, gift cards and toiletries were collected at various Hamden locations and given to senior citizens at the Dec. 18 holiday luncheon.
Savino, one of the main organizers of the gift run, said $1,500 was left over after the event. Radio station officials recently presented $500 to Hamden’s Elderly Services Department before giving the $1,000 check to Butler and Mayor Scott Jackson on Jan. 23.
“This is a great community partnership that goes to a worthwhile cause,” Jackson said. “We have collaborated once again on a project that really means something to our community.”