Adults need to play more

"filling the void" with a goldfish?

"Gather many hands to pitch in; do good, work less, and play more" is the mantra of Pat Thompson, president of the Essex Auxiliary of The Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.

Pat has her way of attracting amazing women willing to volunteer to raise thousands of dollars for the more than 17,000 in need children and their family members in S.E. Connecticut. Our work contributes to19 staffed school based health centers, mental health counseling, childcare, and after school programs. Our volunteers read to the kids, or provide the basics of holding a child or a winter coat.

Pat's magic is attracting volunteers with the fulfilled promise of having fun. Pat is light on her feet in her self-deprecation. Her Mom's advice and insistence she needed to get a goldfish to "fill the "void" in her life is pretty hilarious! You had to be there.

"Adults need to play more" and we do! Every gathering and event is filled with focus and laughter, and we're not allergic to celebrating our efforts.

In support of the Child and Family Agency, Jill Butler art&design and graphic designer, Bob Van Kiersbilck of Long Cat Graphics have created and are donating the proceeds of "Connecting the dots with Kid Wisdom," a monthly calendar for 2014 . Great stocking stuffer, office gifts, school teacher, and don't forget you!