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Monday, November 24, 2008

A helping hand


Nate Brown, left, of International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 478, thanks Stop & Shop of Hamden Manager Ed Paglia after loading a truck of food for delivery to Christian Community Action of New Haven. This is the seventh year the union has worked with CAA to help deliver food the agency then delivers to those who need it for Thanksgiving. Local 478this year will donate nearly $1,800 worth of stuffing, fresh baked pies, potatoes, and other traditional Thanksgiving foods.
Christian Community Action is a 41-year-old ecumenical social services agency with a mission to provide food, emergency housing and other support to homeless families New Haven and to the poor. More than 1,400 families and individuals, the majority of them children, will receive turkeys and bags of groceries to prepare a home-cooked holiday meal as part of the agency’s 2008 Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Local 478, headquartered in Hamden, is the largest supplier of trained, qualified heavy equipment operators, mechanics, and support personnel in the state, its officials said.