Donation bin stolen from Conn. holiday decoration house display

Greg Stevens

Rick Bollash has been gathering merchandise to donate to the St. Mary’s East Hartford foods pantry and now is overcome by group aid.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — The East Hartford neighborhood is stepping up to enable a neighbor right after a “Grinch” appeared to have stolen a foods donation bin from an elaborate Xmas decoration exhibit.

The “Santa’s Village” display on Oak Road is household to a entrance lawn whole of inflatable decorations for the holidays. Rick Bollash runs the display and encourages people to bring donations to advantage St. Mary’s East Hartford foods pantry in return. This is his 3rd yr decorating the home for the holiday season.

“I started off it after I experienced open coronary heart surgical procedures,” he claimed. “Final yr we collected most likely about 7 trunks entire of food for them.”

Bollash shared shots to social media Thursday of where the donation bin earlier stood when it and the donations within vanished. A rectangle patch of grass in the center of the snow-included garden and a weakened bin lid was all that was remaining.

“When I still left to go to work, it was gone. Just a damaged lid and a bunch of dry floor,” Bollash explained. “I guess they essential it.”

Bollash mentioned donations have been sluggish for the reason that the economic climate has impacted people’s skill to give. Calls for far more donations had been created Friday by Mayor Mike Walsh.

“People from all in excess of occur to see the screen, and all Mr. Bollash asks for in return are non-perishable meals items or monetary donations to profit the East Hartford Food stuff Lender,” Walsh said, and included, “Can you assistance us preserve Christmas?”

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The neighborhood came via. Bollash’s front porch experienced donations of foodstuff and paper goods piled up on his entrance doorway and he shared the very good news Saturday early morning.

“I had to walk about to the back again door due to the fact the entrance methods were being all whole of meals,” he explained. “I have just been making an attempt to obtain house any place I can.”

While FOX61 was at the home Saturday, a lady arrived by to drop off canned items, a different male stopped by to share his need to donate bread from his bakery, and Hank Stephenson brought a box whole of merchandise.

“I felt like, if anyone felt the want to choose it, they have to have needed it as nicely so there are a whole lot of persons in require. I’m in a posture wherever I can assistance out a small little bit, so why not celebrate the getaway spirit by giving back again,” he reported. “What much better way to give back again to the local community and give to people in need.”

Stephenson constantly walks by the residence. Automobiles drove by the display screen and gave a ‘honk’ as a indicator of appreciation. 

Bollash has also lifted $1,000 to give to the foodstuff pantry. He explained cars and trucks will line up to drop off donations. He’s even experienced people today from out-of-state get to out given that it occurred to share they donated to their neighborhood foods pantry for the reason that of him. Bollash stated what is took place has created folks a lot more conscious of the daily life several stay.

“If people can obtain it to give or if they’re capable to give great. If you can not give do whichever you can,” he claimed. “If we can do this and provide a tiny joy to everyone, provide a little Xmas spirit back and see if we can get a community’s offering point going.”

Mr. and Mrs. Claus are halting by the home Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Bollash is encouraging men and women to prevent by for a walk about his Christmas set up and donate if they can.

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