Connecticut National Guard ‘Operation E.L.F.’ Supports Military Families Before, During, or After Loved One’s Deployment

Report by Paula Antolini, November 11, 2019, 3:30PM EDT

Message from Governor Ned Lamont

November 11, 2019

Hi friends,

As we celebrate Veterans Day today and honor those who have served our nation, I wanted to bring your attention to two ways we can all give back to Connecticut’s military community, particularly as we approach the upcoming holiday season.

Each year, the Connecticut National Guard organizes a fundraising drive called Operation ELF that provides support to military families who are enduring the hardship of separation due to deployment. It is designed to support military families whose loved ones are deployed, preparing to deploy within the next six months, or recently returned from deployment. The goal is to lessen the financial stresses these families face resulting from their call to active duty.

In addition to monetary donations, examples of other items being collected include:

  • Gift cards for grocery stores, department/home goods stores, pharmacies, gas stations
  • Donations of fuel oil, snow removal, and home maintenance services
  • New, unwrapped toys for children of all ages

The Connecticut National Guard also organizes an Adopt-a-Family Program that offers the opportunity for individuals and businesses to “adopt” a family in the military community that has been identified as being in need. The program is 100% confidential, and the purpose is to provide these families with the most essential goods and services.

The men and women who serve our nation provide so much for each and every one of us. Please join me in considering giving back to them this holiday season.

Thank you to all of the members of the military who have served our nation. We value their contributions and are deeply grateful for their service.

Warm regards,


Financial contributions:

Financial donations to Operation ELF can be made through the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc. The foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible. Checks should be made payable to, “CTNGFI” and in the memo section please write, “Operation ELF.”

Financial donations can be mailed to:

Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc.
360 Broad Street
Hartford, CT 06105-3795

Donations of gift cards and new, unwrapped toys:

Gift cards can be mailed to:

Connecticut National Guard
Service Member & Family Support Center
360 Broad Street
Hartford, CT 06105-3795

Please include the donor’s name, address, and phone number so contributions can be acknowledged.

In addition, both gift cards and new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off in-person between now and Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at any one of these six locations:

William A. O’Neill Armory
360 Broad Street
Hartford, CT 06105

Bradley Air National Guard Base
100 Nicholson Road
East Granby, CT 06026

Niantic Readiness Center
38 Smith Street
Niantic, CT 06357

Army Aviation Support Facility
85-300 Light Lane (Off of Route 75)
Windsor Locks, CT 06096

Armed Forces Reserve Center
90 Wooster Heights Road
Danbury, CT 06702

New London Armory
249 Bayonet Street
New London, CT 06320

For the donation of home services, please call the CTNG SMFSC at 1-800-858-2677.


In addition to these donations, the Connecticut National Guard operates an Adopt a Family Program, which offers the opportunity for individuals and businesses to “adopt” a family from our military community who might be in need during the holiday season and beyond. The program is 100% confidential and the adopting individual/business is never given any personal information on the family in need. Additionally, no service member or employee’s chain of command is ever notified of your enrollment in the program.

The sole purpose of Adopt-a-Family is to provide the most essential goods or services of which a family is in need. Items being sought include winter clothing (coats, scarves, gloves, boots), food, assistance with essential household expenses (utilities, heat), and presents for children. Adopt-a-Family is not meant to provide luxury items like game systems, electronics, or jewelry. The goal is to provide for families who are suffering hardships, whether temporary or longer term, especially during the holiday season.

If you are interested in adopting a family, please call the CTNG SMFSC at 1-800-858-2677.