Stop & Shop associates from Connecticut delivered a truck full of toys to Connecticut Children’s ahead of the holidays through a partnership with the Connecticut Lottery Corporation’s (CLC) 8th annual “Give a Child a Toy, Not a Ticket” Holiday Toy Drive.

The supermarket presented more than 6,000 toys to the hospital. They were joined by Governor, Ned Lamont; Lt. Governor, Susan Bysiewicz and West Hartford Mayor, Shari Cantor.

All Stop & Shop stores will collect toys in store through December 21st.

CLC’s annual toy drive is centered around donating toys to Connecticut Children’s while also spreading the Responsible Gambling message that lottery tickets are not suitable gifts for children. Now through December 21st, customers can visit all 89 Stop & Shop locations throughout Connecticut to drop off new, unwrapped toys in designated donation bins. Top needed toys include coloring and activity books, card games, fleece blankets, superhero action figures, stuffed animals and more. To view Connecticut Children’s toy wish list, visit

Connecticut Children’s seeks 80,000 toys for patients annually. On average, the hospital treats 150 children daily in its emergency department alone, and each child receives a toy or game while they are there. Every child who has a procedure, or celebrates a birthday or special event while in the hospital also receives a toy, and hospital team members use toys and games to encourage or distract patients, as all as in multiple playrooms throughout its facilities.

A partner of Connecticut Children’s, Stop & Shop is dedicated to helping spread holiday cheer to the families and patients of the hospital during what can be a difficult time of year.

The original article can be found at The Patch.