To the Editors:

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration. But for many families the holidays are less joyful because they are struggling to make ends meet, even in Wilton.

The Wilton unit of the Salvation Army works closely with Cathy Pierce, director of Wilton’s Department of Social Services, to provide a year-round program of service designed to assist in meeting the emergency and supplementary needs of Wilton residents. Last year we helped residents by paying toward past-due utility bills, home heating oil bills, rent, donating food pantry items, and supplying Payless gift cards to provide needy Wilton students with shoes as part of our Social Services back-to-school program. In addition, we purchased Christmas gifts for a needy Wilton family.

We cannot provide this critical assistance without the generosity of Wilton residents.  Please help us make the holidays a little brighter for these Wilton families by sending your donations payable to the “Wilton Unit, Salvation Army” to Louise Delaney, 38 Woods End Drive, Wilton CT 06897.

Another way you could make a small donation of $10 is through a new program offered by the Salvation Army, “Text to Give.” Use your mobile device to send a text to 41444, with the word “WILTONSA.” You will receive a reply message with a link to fulfill your pledge of $10. If you prefer to give a different amount, you can text “WILTONSA” followed by the dollar amount of your gift. Our unit is excited to be part of this program!

We thank those who have supported our Wilton unit in the past and look forward to your continuing support as well as new supporters of this program assisting your Wilton neighbors.

Tina Gardner, Chairman

Louise Delaney, Treasurer

Salvation Army, Wilton Unit

Wilton, Dec. 3