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FEBRUARY 1 - MARCH 8, 2019 


In the video above Torrington Area Department of Children & Families (DCF) Office Director Vannessa Dorantes discusses the importance of the REALTORS® Have a Heart for Kids Program and how it has directly impacts children in the Connecticut foster care system in the Litchfield County Area. 



Kristine Newell, REALTOR, LCBR's President, is challenging  members to match her $100.00 contribution* to REALTORS® Have a Heart for Kids Give a Gift-Card Program!  Listed below are those that have already accepted the challenge.   If you would like to meet this challenge and have your name added to the list submit your $100 or more contribution.  As always any amount is appreciated, therefore, please drop off or mail your contribution in any amount to the Board office by March 8th.


For every $10 gift card or monetary donation one gives during the month February, they will entered into a door prize drawing. Give $50 and get 5 chances to win!


$50 Marzano Pizzeria Gift Card
Donated by Ellie Peterson, REALTOR

Amazon Fire TV Cube
Donated by Sherylann DiSalvo, LCBR

$50 Sasso Gift Card
Donated by Sherylann DiSalvo, LCBR

2-$25 Barrante's Cleaners Gift Cards
(To be awarded separately)
Donated by Ron Barrante

$50 Stop N' Shop Gift Card
Donated by Anita Visconti



Kristine Newell, REALTOR®

Sherylann DiSalvo

David Sartirana, REALTOR

Amanda Balaski, REALTOR®

Christine Hunter, REALTOR®

Elyse Harney, REALTOR®

Elyse Morris, REALTOR®

2019 REALTORS Have a Heart for Kids
$500 $1000 $1500 $2000 $2500  GOAL $3000


We need your help to collect as many gift cards as possible to help children taken into care in our area. Many children placed into Connecticut’s foster care system have their young lives turned upside down, because they are moved into a foster care placement at a moments’ notice, often with no more possessions than the clothes on their backs.

In an effort to reduce some of the hardship these children have to endure, LCBR created the REALTORS® Have a Heart for Kids program. This program is designed to assist the children in Connecticut’s foster care system by holding a drive to collect gift cards and or checks made payable to LCBR REALTORS® Have a Heart for Kids for retail stores such as Wal-Mart, Target and Stop N' Shop  All of the gift cards collected will be given to the DCF office located on Kennedy Drive in Torrington and will be used to assist children in the Litchfield County area. 

In addition anyone may mail or drop off a contribution up until March 9th, during normal business hours from Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the following address.

Litchfield County Board of Realtors®, Inc.
21 Prospect Street, Suite E
Torrington, CT 06790

These gift cards will be used to support the children, by allowing their social worker to purchase clothes, health care products, formula, diapers, school supplies, toys, or even a stuffed animal to keep the child company in their new surroundings.   Our objective is to ensure that these uprooted children have some familiar items to take with them and to ensure that their immediate needs are met.

One of the ways these gift cards assist the Department of Children & Families with fulfilling a child’s needs includes allowing their social worker to immediately purchase formula, diapers, clothing, etc. for an infant placed in their care

Another way DCF uses the cards to support these children is by creating various age appropriate placement packs, to have on hand for immediate use, consisting of clothing, health and beauty aid products, toys, personal items, etc and a “few” goodies to comfort an abused/neglected child through the trauma of entering a strange, new environment.    

To learn more about the history and development of the program and past contributions, click here.

Please, we need you to contribute* at least one gift card to these deserving children.  All gift cards will hopefully be a minimum of Five Dollars ($5.00) from Wal-Mart, Target or Stop N Shop and be clearly marked to indicate the value of the gift card.  For your convenience, you may make a donation by submitting cash or a check made payable to LCBR REALTORS® Have a Heart for Kids.  All proceeds from cash or check donations will be converted to gift cards and distributed to the Department of Children & Families.

Be sure your card is marked with the Dollar Amount to assist the DCF.  Thank You!
In conjunction with the Department of Children and Families – Torrington Office.

* Payments to Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc. are not deductible as charitable contributions.  Such payments may, however, be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.