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.

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Holiday Sip N’ Shop Returns to Benefit Circle of Care

Get ready for holiday shopping to benefit a great cause when the second annual “Sip N’ Shop” event, sponsored by Janet Montalbano of “Let’s Make-Up” (pictured far left), returns to Wilton’s Old Town Hall. Even better, there are now two opportunities to attend:  during the day on Friday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and this year for the first time evening hours on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 4-9 p.m., so that shoppers with daytime commitments are able to attend.

Holiday shoppers will have an opportunity to buy some wonderful gifts, support local merchants, and bring cheer this season to children battling cancer. Vendors include B Chic, Nod Hill Soap, Emmy Starr, J. Hilburn, The Queens Beads and Jade active lifestyle, along with several others. There will also be a complimentary wine tasting, courtesy of Tamara Kalin, owner of Why Not Wines of Wilton.

There are several items being offered in this year’s drawing as well, with prizes ranging from a one week vacation house in Anguilla, to botox, cryotherapy and massage treatments to a gorgeous signed art piece by Suzanne Wilkins. Drawing tickets are priced at $20 for one, $50 for three or $200 for 15.

Susan Kane Catering of Norwalk will donate delicious hot appetizers on Thursday evening and Wilton’s own Pastry Hideaway will donate sandwiches, quiches and their famous croissants for the Friday event.

“Last year’s Sip n’Shop raised over $4,000 and we are hoping to double that amount this year,” says Montalbano. “Everyone loves getting together and greeting the holiday season with this wonderful shopping experience while doing good for Circle of Care. I am so fortunate to be part of this, and cannot say enough about the good that Circle of Care has done for children and the dedication and passion of everyone involved with this charity.”

In addition, Circle of Care founder Elizabeth Salguero confirmed late Thursday that People’s Bank has signed on to be a key sponsor with a generous donation of $1,000.

Circle of Care offers programs for children battling cancer. These programs include providing “Bags of Love” to each child once they arrive at the hospital; “The Purple Pages,” which offers information about pediatric cancer; “Emergency Funds” to assist with costs of treatment not covered by insurance; “Art from the Heart,” which decorates patient bedrooms in a colorful, whimsical fashion; “Lifeline” which has parent volunteers who have been through this experience to support and work with families; and “Volunteers,” who offer support and diversion for the families.

Admission to the Sip ‘n Shop is free. Vendors are only accepting checks or cash at the event.

Old Town Hall is located at 69 Old Ridgefield Rd..

WHS Club Holds Tampon and Pad Collection Drive for Women’s Shelters

The Wilton High School Women’s Activist Club is holding a feminine personal products collection drive, asking for donations of menstrual pads and tampons that will be donated to local women’s shelters. Donations of unopened boxes of any brand and type will be accepted at the front entrance of the high school.

These items are not allowable purchases under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, so women who rely on the aid program for their needs are often unable to afford purchasing them. Compounding the problem is that feminine products are rarely donated to shelters, and shelters cannot afford to purchase them for their clients.

Breakfast with Santa at the Wilton Family Y

The Wilton Family YMCA must have a special “in” at the North Pole, because they’ve been able to get Santa to pay an extra to Wilton once again, to enjoy some breakfast with residents. Come dine on hot pancakes, fruit and orange juice/water while visiting with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Wilton Y (404 Danbury Rd.).

Pre-registration is required on the Wilton Y website. There are three shifts to choose from during Santa’s entire visit:  9-9:30 a.m., 9:45-10:15 a.m. and 10:30-11 a.m.. The cost to participate is $5.00 per person, and each person must be registered individually. (Children under 2-years-old are free.)

All Proceeds to benefit the Melissa McFadden Scholarship Fund.

Grown ups are welcome to bring cameras.

Email Kim Murphy with any additional questions.

Destroy Your Hard Drive Fundraiser

For anyone looking to get rid of an old computer, but who’s worried about all the personal information stored on it, let Singularity Technology, Wilton Library’s Robotics team take care of it. This “Destroy Your Hard Drive” is a team fundraiser–for $20 per computer, the team members will destroy your hard-drive while you wait. No registration necessary, just stop by the Wilton Library (137 Old Ridgefield Rd.) this Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m..