Habitat for Humanity to Benefit from Youth-Built Gingerbread Houses; On Display at Wilton YMCA

Habitat for Humanity strives to make communities aware of the need for adequate housing. This year, the Fairfield County Habitat for Humanity built its 200th home. Local youth have raised the funds to help fund the building of four of these homes through its Youth United program.

For its current fundraiser, Wilton students who are Youth United members assembled gingerbread homes this week for display at the Wilton Family Y to remind us of the need for local housing. They will sell the homes as centerpieces on Saturday, Dec. 19 outside Stop & Shop, who also donated the icing and graham crackers for the houses.

Any contributions will go toward the current project on 84 Maple St. in Bridgeport and help to hurdle the State Farm Insurance Challenge to match funds up to $10,000. Those interested in joining the group may email Margie Holcombe. Pictured below (L to R), with their gingerbread creations, are Jessie Huffman, Stephanie Walsh and Teddy Hattenbach.

Holiday Gift Boutique Wednesday at Conservatory of Dance

The Conservatory of Dance is hosting a holiday shopping event this Wednesday, Dec. 9. Called “Beauty from the Inside Out,” the boutique features several local Wilton women with home-based businesses. Featured will be Stella & Dot jewelry and accessories; Beautycounter skincare and cosmetics; health and wellness products from Barbarajean Segall, Wellness Coach, and Conservatory dance wear and gifts.

The Holiday Sale is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.. Coffee, wine and cheese will be available. The Conservatory of Dance is located at 151 Old Ridgefield Rd..

Kiwanis Food Drive

Wilton’s Kiwanis Club will be running a food drive by the doors at the Village Market and Stop and Shop on Dec. 11, 12 and 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., handing out lists of the items most needed to fill the shelves of the Wilton Food Pantry, a facility used by many families in town to help supplement their food needs.

Kiwanis officials say they are always amazed by the generosity of the Wilton shoppers who help refill the food bank time and time again, and they are hoping for the usual success on the three days they’ll be collecting. With the holidays here, the need is greater than ever.