As it is each year, Stay at Home in Wilton’s annual holiday party is a celebration of friends old and new. The groups many members, volunteers and friends gathered on Friday evening, Dec. 6, in Pilgrim Hall of the Congregational Church.

One longtime friend of the organization is RVNAhealth, that has supported the group since its inception nearly 10 years ago. At that time, RVNAhealth answered Stay at Home’s call for support by providing staff and a building with a direct phone line to RVNAhealth to field calls until Stay at Home was able to hire executive coordinator Janet Johnson. Stay at Home is thankful for this special friendship and continued support.

Stay at Home in Wilton would like to thank RVNAhealth for its generous sponsorship of the annual holiday party, and to others in the community for their gifts honoring the spirit of the season. They are especially grateful to the Wilton Congregational Church for the use of its building for the party, and to the youth group for their help in serving.

Angela Mia Italian Pastries donated party trays, and Yolanda Bonomo baked her special Christmas cookies. The Wilton Playshop donated two tickets to its holiday show, “A Gift for You and Me.” Member Barbara Sage won the tickets and in the spirit of the season invited another member, Carolyn Wissinger, to join her.

President Sally Maraventano Kirmser recalls that when she walked into the Stay At Home anniversary party for the first time as a new member and heard her name called by Josina and Jan Gaus, whom she hadn’t seen in over 25 years, “I felt like I was home,” Kirmser said. The Kirmser and Gaus boys, Joseph and Marc, were friends and classmates at Wilton High School.

Stay at Home in Wilton has added almost 40 new members this year, more than twice the number in any other year, and many of these members have a shared history. They’ve raised children together or recognize each other in the post office with a wave and a smile. As Kirmser likes to say, “We’re making new old friends.”

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