Editorial: Giving is good

The holiday gifts are unwrapped, but there’s still time to give. There are still a few days left for end-of-year charitable contributions.

Americans are a generous people. Thanks to a booming stock market and strong economy last year, charitable giving by individuals, estates, foundations, and corporations amounted to $410.02 billion, surpassing the $400-billion mark for the first time, according to Giving USA. Giving by individuals accounted for 70% of total giving and grew 5.2%. People gave nearly $287 billion, compared to foundations, the next highest contributor, which gave a little almost $67 billion.

For those who like to contribute close to home, there are many organizations in Wilton that are deserving of your consideration and your dollars.

The Community Assistance Fund is an umbrella organization to help Wilton families in need with heating assistance, rental assistance and the food pantry. Checks may be made payable to Wilton Interfaith Council, 180 School Road, Wilton, CT 06897.

A cancer diagnosis is difficult enough, but when that diagnosis is for a child, it can be devastating. The Circle of Care offers support to families of children with cancer. Visit thecircleofcare.org and click on Ways to Help.

Also raising money for childhood cancer research is the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Each year students at Wilton High School shave their heads in exchange for donations. Contribute by visiting stbaldricks.org and searching for a specific participant or for Wilton High School.

The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps stands ready to help anyone in need within Wilton. It relies on patient billings and private donations to purchase new equipment — including ambulances — medical supplies and membership training. Visit wiltonambulance.org.

Wilton Back the Track is working to raise money towards replacing the track at Wilton High School. Information is available at backthetrack.org.

More worthy organizations

Norwalk River Valley Trail : nrvt-trail.com .

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County: visitingnurse.net.

Wilton Conservation Land Trust: wiltonlandtrust.org.

Wilton Historical Society: wiltonhistorical.org, click on Support.

Wilton Education Foundation: wiltoneducationfoundation.org.

Meals on Wheels: 203-762-0566.

Wilton Playshop: wiltonplayshop.org.

Woodcock Nature Center: woodcocknaturecenter.org.

Riverbrook Regional YMCA: wiltonymca.org.

Trackside Teen Center: 203-824-2888.

Ambler Farm: amblerfarm.org.

Wilton Library: wiltonlibrary.org.

Wilton Garden Club: wiltongardenclub.org.

The Wilton unit of the Salvation Army: Wilton Unit, Salvation Army, c/o Nancy Milnamow, 35 Woods End Drive, Wilton CT 06897.

CERT, Wilton’s Community Emergency Response Team: Checks may be made out to Wilton CERT and mailed to Wilton Fire Department, 236 Danbury Road, Wilton 06897, attn: Jack Majesky.