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Like Paddington Bear, many need a home for the holidays

SALISBURY — Paddington is the beloved bear of children’s books and feature films. He arrives at Paddington Station in London with a small tag on his blue toggle coat that says, “Please look after this bear.” The Brown family takes him in and all ends happily.

The Scoville Memorial Library and Hotchkiss Library of Sharon will co-host a read aloud of the Paddington Bear story on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. in the ballroom at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury. Participants will receive a jar of gummy bears with a note that says, “Please look after these gummy bears.” State Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) will attend. Masks are required.

Be Homeful for the Holidays featuring Paddington is a project of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, William Pitt Sotheby’s Realty, Connecticut Realtors and the Connecticut State Library.

Many homeless families seek warmth, shelter and safety during the day in public libraries. This campaign hopes to keep families in their homes, at a cost of about $1,000 per month per family. For each $25 that is collected, a Paddington plush toy will be donated to a child living at a shelter during the holiday season.

Donations to the Be Homeful for the Holidays campaign can be made by scanning the flow code on bookmarks available at the reading and on special wreaths at the Scoville Memorial Library, the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, other area libraries and all area William Pitt Sotheby’s Realty offices.  


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