Women and girls serve up holiday dinners

Forty homebound residents of Wilton enjoyed a holiday dinner thanks to the Wilton Woman’s Club and members of its Junior Leadership Program  who spent Christmas Eve delivering the meals. Club members made all elements of the meal — turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, and dessert — and brought them to the Comstock Community Center on Christmas Eve morning. The junior members then festively packaged the meals and delivered them to homebound seniors.

“We do this every year, and we all enjoy making this contribution to our community life. And Village Market again graciously provided all the containers we use,” said Valerie Colburn, a junior leadership mother and woman’s club member who helped organize the effort.

The Junior Leadership Program is for girls in grades 6-12 who are daughters of Wilton Woman’s Club members and wish to help Wilton through community service. The girls design their own projects, gaining experience in problem solving, taking initiative, mentoring younger girls, and connecting with those in the community.

“I loved the reactions of those we delivered holiday meals to,” said Ana Colburn. “They were smiling and thanking us. One lady told us stories about her family and sang songs to us. We wound up offering to walk her dog. It was great!”

Ana’s friend and fellow program member Nicole Dirocco added, “To be honest, this is more fun than getting presents. Doing something for someone else really makes me happy, and the JLP allows me do this in our town.”

The Wilton Woman’s Club was formed in 1966, and is a group within which women may socialize as well as provide service to all aspects of the community. For example, the club partners with Person-to-Person, working at the Norwalk Food Pantry (serving Wilton, Norwalk, Weston and Westport), and its clothing donation center.

On April 2, 2015, the woman’s club will hold its annual Fashion Show fund-raiser, with proceeds to go to the 2015 philanthropy beneficiaries: Person-to-Person (p2phelps.org), Circle of Care for families of children with cancer (thecircleofcare.org), and Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County (childguidancemfct.org).

Information: wiltonwomansclub.org.