NORTH HAVEN — Every holiday season, local business Now Security Systems, and its neighboring business Ansir Communications, pick a charity for an annual giving drive. This year, they chose the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital toy closet program, and got some local kids involved to publicize it.
Five fifth-graders from Green Acres Elementary School joined art teacher Sheri Schwarz at Now Security Systems, 380 Washington Ave., on Nov. 2 to decorate the business’s front windows.
Schwarz painted an outline of toys on a train that the students filled in.
Tristan Garney, 10, painted a present and train cart. He carefully cleaned his brushes and wipes drips of paint away with a paper towel.
He said he was inspired by his parents, who also are artists.
“I’m enjoying painting for the children’s cause,” he said, adding that the children undergoing hospital stays “just need a little break.”
The toy closet program collects new toys for children and adolescents when they are discharged from
their hospital stay.
Melissa Kieslich, manager of Now Security Systems, said the window painting will help raise awareness of annual holiday drive at business.
“Every year we pick a charity, like in the past we’ve done Toys for Tots,” Kieslich said. “This year we chose something that’s closer to home.”
Her son, Russell Kieslich, was one of the students who painted the window decoration.