Letter: Wilton families had a special holiday

To the Editors:

On behalf of Wilton Social Services, I want to extend thanks to the generous donors and organizations in town who made the holidays so wonderful for so many.

Thank you to:

Numerous Wilton families, Wilton Kiwanis Club, Wilton Rotary Club, Wilton Children’s Day School,  Wilton Community Nursery School, Temple B’Nai Chaim, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Zion’s Hill United Methodist Church, Wilton Presbyterian Church, 13 Girl Scout troops, 10 Boy Scout troops from Pack10, Den 17, Riverbrook Regional Y, Riverbrook Gymnastics, Coldwell Banker, Realty 7, The Greens at Cannondale, Ridgefield VNA, the Wilton Working Moms, the Wilton Newcomers Club, who in total provided 72 fabulous Thanksgiving dinner baskets and Stop & Shop gift cards for Wilton families; and the Wilton Woman’s Club whose members provided a basket and invaluable assistance the day of the dinner basket delivery and distribution;

The Wilton Woman’s Club who cooked and boxed more than 50 hot meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas for Wilton’s seniors;

The Mother-Daughter Leadership group members who delivered the hot meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve;

Wilton Garden Club for preparing the beautiful centerpieces and Realty 7 for delivering the centerpieces to seniors;

The interfaith community, under the leadership of the Wilton Congregational Church, who shopped for gifts for 19 seniors and the Boy Scouts who delivered those gifts;

All the generous “holiday helpers:” 29 Wilton residents, the Wilton Kiwanis Club and Wilton Rotary Trust, all the Wilton churches and Temple B’Nai Chaim, Realty 7, William Pitt/Sotheby’s,  the J-Families, five Girl Scout troops, The Treblemakers, The Wilton Mom’s Club alumnae, the Wilton Working Moms, the Wilton Newcomers Club, The Salvation Army, and Silver Hill Hospital, for providing 61 Wilton families and their 107 children with presents and gift cards to brighten their Hanukah and Christmas holidays;

Ambler Farm for donating Christmas trees for 35 families;

And the  Wilton Children’s Day and Wilton Community Nursery schools who collected dozens of hats and mittens.

The generosity of these Wilton residents gave 107 children (from 67 families here in Wilton) a special holiday they will never forget. In November alone, the Wilton Social Services food pantry helped 193 people. All of this could not be done without these donors, and we thank you.

Sarah Heath

Director, Department of Social Services

Lauren Hughes

Senior (and Family) Services Coordinator

Wilton, Jan. 9