Marlborough (WTNH) - There is a special push to bring troops home for the holidays. Afundraiser has been set up and organizers are Counting on 8 to getthe word out.
Governor Jodi Rell calls the fundraising campaign "OperationHome for the Holidays." Connecticut National Guard troopsmobilizing in Indiana and Wisconsin en route to Afghanistan needmoney to get home for the Christmas season.
One local business, specializing in home decorating, is nowfocusing on getting people home.
Ideas are flowing around an intimate table in a large warehousein Marlbourgh.
At Lisa Davenport's Home Gallery, Lisa, her business partner Ed Richman, andfriend Suzi Craig want as many people in this large warehouse asthere are Persian Rugs.
So as Suzi keeps calling Hartford in hopes that Governor JodiRell will make an appearance, Lisa and Ed are beaming about theidea to hold a fundraiser here November 14th - and EVERYONE isinvited. And they do mean, EVERYONE.
"I got a chuckle on the other end, and they said, "She's kind ofbusy!" said Suzi when calling the Governor's office and trying tospeak to her.
The Governor is challenging Connecticut to raise $200,000 tobring home 700 troops home for the holiday season before being sentoverseas.
Ed knows what's it's like to have an empty chair at a dinnertable; his son is a Marine. It's a big reason for the open-inviteevent.
"Just a great feeling knowing that if we bring these guys homefor a short time with their families, on Christmas; I don't needmore than that," said Ed.
So admire the rugs and the lamps and furniture and the chickenswhile you eat free lunch and enjoy free entertainment.
Maybe the Governor will be here and this trio is hoping you willbe too.
"I had a Thanksgiving and a Christmas without someone very closeto me. So the thought of bringing these guys and girls home for onelast visit, chokes me up," said Lisa.
The event will be held November 14th at 9 Austin Street inMarlborough from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free and there is a freelunch, entertainment and kids activities will also be provided.
In addition, the fundraiser will be hosted by Ann Nyberg.
Send donations for "Operation Home for the Holidays" to thefollowing address:
Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc.
360 Broad Street, Box 53
Hartford, Conn. 06105-3706
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