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Cramer & Anderson Donating to 98Q Bags & Bears Holiday Drive

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The Bags & Bears shopping trip.

Cramer & Anderson is participating in radio station 98Q’s Bags & Bears event to collect holiday gifts for area children in foster care Dec. 11 at Danbury Fair Mall.

The gift drive is held in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and sponsored by Fairfield County Bank and Omaha Beef Company.

“There are more than 4,000 youth in foster care in Connecticut, and we hope news of our law firm’s donation will inspire other businesses and individuals to participate in the 98Q drive,” said Partner Lisa Rivas, who coordinated the donation with Partner Jennifer Collins.

“Brightening the holidays for a child in the foster care system with a gift on their wish list can have a wonderful positive impact,” Attorney Collins said. “With that in mind, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play Santa.”

Bags & Bears takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new Barbarie’s Grill outside the mall, where 98Q morning radio personality Rich Minor will be broadcasting live.

What’s needed:

New, unwrapped toys, books, backpacks, stuffed animals, coloring books

Gift cards for the teens & older kids. Any amount, any store

Also baby items: Diapers, bottles, formula, Sleep Sacks, baby clothes

98Q’s Bags & Bears event page notes that those interested in helping youth in the foster system with more than holiday gifts can learn about becoming a foster parent by calling 1-888-KID-HERO, visiting, or talking to a DCF representative at the Dec. 11 event.

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The packaged gifts ready to be delivered to the Bags & Bears event.

In addition to Bags & Bears, Cramer & Anderson once again participated in the New Milford Social Services Department’s Santa Fund, which brings “a little holiday magic to the lives of struggling New Milford families.”

With donations from attorneys and staff in the six regional offices, the firm provides gifts for a family based on a wish list provided by Social Services. Paralegal Denise Maytas and her family do the shopping and wrapping and deliver the gifts.

“Thanks to everyone’s generosity, our family of four (two girls and two boys ranging in ages from 5 to 17 ) each got $110 of gift cards and/or present,” said Jeremy Ruman, legal assistant to Partner Art Weinshank, who coordinates Santa Fund participation. “Cramer & Anderson has been taking part in this yearly program since 1998, so it’s wonderful of everyone involved to take part year after year.”

Attorneys and staff also recently donated food to Camella’s Cupboard, the New Milford-based nonprofit that provides year-round hunger relief to children, seniors, and other vulnerable populations in the Greater New Milford community.

Camella’s Cupboard is in the midst of Christmas Eve Box initiative to create 175 boxes for families. In addition to dropping off items, monetary donations may be mailed to PO Box 1771, New Milford, CT, 06776.

The Thanksgiving food donation was also organized by Attorney Rivas, whose practice focuses on Immigration Law, and Attorney Collins, whose practice areas include Social Security Disability,Workers’ Compensation, and Personal Injury.

About Cramer & Anderson

Cramer & Anderson has offices in New Milford, Washington Depot, Kent, Litchfield, Danbury, and Ridgefield. Visitors are required to wear masks.

Proper sanitation and social distancing measures remain strictly observed in our offices, and we also offer clients great flexibility via phone, email, Zoom and other teleconferencing platforms.

For more information, see the firm’s website or call the flagship office in New Milford at (860) 355-2631.


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