PLAINVILLE - The Plainville Town Council and state Rep. William Petit honored PARC Director Erica Donovan for her recent charitable efforts at Monday’s meeting.
Town Council Chair Kathy Pugliese referred to Donovan as a “local hero and celebrity” with a “heart of gold.” She recently passed up on a family trip to Disneyland which she earned from her work as a Thirty-One Gifts consultant - taking instead a $3,000 gift card. This money was used to purchase toys at the Disney Store at Westfarms Mall. She then donated to the Marines’ Toys for Tots program, which gives gifts to families who couldn’t otherwise afford Christmas gifts. This set off a chain reaction of giving.
“In recognition of her ‘pay it forward’ attitude, Disney matched her with another $3,000 donation,” said Pugliese. “Seeing what she had done, Lego also gave a $3,000 donation.”
Pugliese said she was proud to acknowledge Donovan’s generosity and wished her and her family a happy holidays season.
“This all started as what I thought was a small gesture,” said Donovan. “I thank you for recognizing me and taking the time to do this. The biggest benefit is how much happiness and joy will be spread this season.”
Petit then presented a citation to Donovan on behalf of the General Assembly.
“We offer our sincerest congratulations and appreciation for your generosity and random act of kindness. You have lifted the spirits of others and inspired them to do the same. You have a heart full of kindness and love and you are the change we need to see in the world.”
Also at Monday’s meeting, a group of fourth- and fifth-grade elementary school students from Wheeler, Toffolon and Linden schools presented their winning fire safety poster contest drawings to the council. This was the 34th year that this awareness campaign was held. Fire Chief Larry Sutherland said that the two grand prize winners will go on to compete in a state contest.
“It is very gratifying to see our budding artists,” said Pugliese. “You have also learned important lessons on safety and being prepared. This makes me very proud.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.