We’re all about spreading the GOOD in Wilton, and GOOD Morning Wilton‘s “FUNdrai$er Friday$” publicizes efforts that benefit worthy community causes. Every Friday, check out the featured opportunities to pitch in, lend a hand, donate and help other Wilton residents give back to the community.

We welcome submissions from individuals, organizations and charity efforts raising money, seeking donations and recruiting volunteers. Send all pertinent information to us via email–the who, what, when, where, how and why. Include any photos, links or even videos that might help tell the story and increase the response from our readers. Don’t forget to make sure your contact information is there as well. (Sorry, we can only accept FUNdrai$er Friday$ ideas via email. Please put “Fundraiser Fridays” in the email subject line.)

Wilton Library Adds “Giving Gelt” to Giving Tree for Holiday Donation

Wilton Library is celebrating the season of giving by providing different opportunities for people to give to the library. The annual Giving Tree stands tall in the beginning of the gallery with bright “ornaments” of items that the library would like for its collections, programs and services.

New this year, the library has introduced Giving Gelt, whereby people can donate any sum of money traditionally given in increments of $18 for “life” or “good luck.” These donations will go to the Children’s Library collection.

Whether purchasing an “ornament” from the Giving Tree or giving “Giving Gelt,” the items can be named in honor or in memory of someone special, or to commemorate an event. The library and therefore the community will benefit from the support of these contributions.

Patrons also can take advantage of the Holiday Book Sale that is taking place in the gallery throughout the season.

Wilton Resident Spearheads Coat Drive

Wilton resident Diana Ruiz collects coats every winter for day laborers and needy families, and she has once again started a collection drive. She’s looking for gently used coats, sweaters, hats and gloves for all ages–children, teens, men and women. Everything she collects will be donated to local shelters, including Inspirica CT and a shelter in Stamford, where she has confirmed there is need and interest.

If you have any items to give, please email Ruiz directly, or comment on the Facebook posts she has left on Wilton CT 411 or Wilton CT 412, and she will make arrangements for pickup.

Musical Chairs Fundraiser for New Audience Chairs at Wilton Playshop

Wilton Playshop is inviting residents to play “Musical Chairs at the Wilton Playshop.”

As they continue to enhance programming and infrastructure at the Playshop officials there often hear about their audience seating, which was last updated in the early 1980s. They agree that it’s time for an upgrade, and have launched a new fundraising campaign called, “Musical Chairs at the Wilton Playshop.”

They have even filmed a self-described campy video to promote the campaign, which they’ve shared with GOOD Morning Wilton.

The Playshop is looking for sponsors of plusher, more comfortable theater-style chairs.

  • Full sponsorship is $250.00 per chair*
  • Donors can be a part of this opportunity for the theatre by making a donation at any contribution level

The Playshop expects this to be an ongoing campaign and as theatergoers attend shows and events over the coming year, they will get to see and experience the results.

The Wilton Playshop is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and all donations are tax deductible. For more information and to donate visit the Wilton Playshop website.

* This campaign is a financial sponsorship for the Musical Chairs fundraiser and does not represent or guarantee a reservation or specific seat location.

Animals in Distress

Wilton’s Animals in Distress is in serious need of food and supplies. Wilton’s only cat shelter has posted an Amazon Wishlist for the holiday season. The organization needs food, treats, new toys, small blankets, beds and anything else residents would like to give their cats.

The wishlist can be found online and anything that’s purchased will be delivered directly to Animals in Distress. (The same  items can be ordered from chewy.com, and shipped to 238 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT 06897). Anyone wishing to drop off items can do so in the shelter lobby from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or during adoption open houses every Saturday from 1-4 p.m..

Animals in Distress is located at on the Town Hall Campus, across from the Wilton Police Station.