Major Roger E. Duperree, Jr.
Avon Old Farms Hotel
279 Avon Mountain Road
(Intersection of Routes 44 & 10)
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford South-Glastonbury
65 Glastonbury Blvd.
Bank of America at City Place (December 13th only)
185 Asylum St.
Farmington Bank (December 20th only)
962 Farmington Ave.
December 8th – 23rd
Monday – Friday 7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday – Closed
(Dec 23rd we will close at 12pm.)
(Schedule is subject to change.)
Friday, December 8th from Glastonbury: Ray Dunaway 5:30am – 9:00am
Saturday, December 9th from Avon: Ray Dunaway 5:30am – 9:00am
Tuesday, December 12th from Glastonbury: Ray Dunaway 5:30am – 9:00am
Wednesday, December 13th from Hartford: Ray Dunaway 5:30am – 9:00am (Bank of America at City Place)
Friday, December 15th from Avon: Ray Dunaway 5:30am – 9:00am and Pastor Will 9:00am - Noon
Saturday, December 16th from Glastonbury: Ray Dunaway 5:30am – 9:00am
Tuesday, December 19th from Avon: Ray Dunaway 5:30am – 9:00am and Todd Feinburg 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday, December 20th from West Hartford: Ray Dunaway 5:30am – 9:00am and Todd Feinburg 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Farmington Bank)
Thursday, December 21st from Glastonbury: Ray Dunaway 5:30am – 9:00am
Friday, December 22nd from Avon: Ray Dunaway 5:30am – 9:00am
Saturday, December 23rd from Avon: Ray Dunaway 5:30am – noon
Whether it's embracing the homeless, uplifting the abused or abandoned, training and mentoring the disadvantaged, providing character building programs for youth, or assisting the displaced or elderly, The Salvation Army's goal remains the same: serving the most people, meeting the most needs, DOING THE MOST GOOD!
This year, The Salvation Army will celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the WTIC NewsTalk 1080 Holiday Store. Started in 1990, it was the idea of WTIC Program Director Jack Mitchell that the radio station sponsor a holiday program, which would enlist the community in a unified effort, while at the same time benefit people in need.
The store was put together on a whim, using a donated store front on Pratt Street. WTIC AM radio personalities broadcast live from the downtown location - seven days a week from 5:30 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening throughout the month of December. Expectations were to fill the 700 square feet of space with non-perishable food, clothing, toys, household items, and money. All donations would go directly into the hands of those in need, being distributed through Salvation Army social services programs. The community's response was greater than anyone had anticipated. The store was filled to the ceiling more than twenty-five times.
In response to pleas made by WTIC radio personalities, donors pulled up at the curb with car and truck loads of goods; area school children came throughout the day to sing Christmas carols, shout energetic cheers, and stage holiday skits. Many downtown businesses let their employees out of work for several hours daily to volunteer at the store. It was truly a team effort! Needless to say, no one ever dreamed that the Holiday Store would turn into the huge success that it became. The local media deemed it "The Miracle on Pratt Street."
Each year the Holiday Store has grown, providing more and more goods for The Salvation Army to serve our neighbors in need. Corporate volunteers, families, school children, and donors look forward to the WTIC Holiday Store with great anticipation every December. The listening audience has become "the army behind the Army." The store has brought together folks from all walks of life and united them around a central cause just like Jack Mitchell envisioned it. For The Salvation Army, the store is nothing short of a miracle. Together we are making a difference!
Help The Salvation Army serve Greater Hartford by donating or sharing our Holiday Store Red Kettle or hosting your own!