Welcome to the final month of 2016, the mainstay of the Holiday Season when thoughts of Giving are all around us.
Our founding philosophy has centered around putting more GOOD out into the world to counterbalance and negate the bad. The tumultuous times of November have driven home even more now how desperately we need to hear GOOD news, to find kindness in our lives and to share it with others.
This is the second year for our month-long “GMW’s Days of Kindness” campaign. We challenge you to join us and “play along,” starting today and each day through the end of December. Some things are Wilton specific, others are more general. Each day do whatever the act of kindness is on the calendar that day. It could be something to help your family, your neighbors or perhaps even strangers. It might even be some form of kindness to yourself.
Over the month ahead, we hope that you’ll share with us your acts of kindness. Tell us your stories and share your pictures, and include the hashtag #GMWDaysofKindness when you post something on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter about what kinds of amazing, kind things you’re doing, to inspire others and to change the world, one GOOD move at a time.
Here is a clickable image of the calendar that you can enlarge. To make some of the kindness days easier, the links you might need are listed below the picture.
Thursday, Dec. 1: We wrote about the Wilton Heritage Project last week. This is a beautiful effort by half-a-dozen Wilton residents to put together a special, temporary art installation to illustrate the many diverse backgrounds that make up Wilton’s population. Organizers say it’s an effort to support unity and respect for all by portraying the wide array of countries and cultures of origins represented by Wilton’s 18,000 residents. A quick 30 seconds is all it will take to send an email to Heritage06897@gmail.com with a list of the different countries that make up your heritage. We’ve already shared ours (Polish, Russian, French, Israeli) and hope you will too. (All responses are kept anonymous.)
Friday, Dec. 2: The Wilton Woman’s Club Junior Leadership Project will have a table outside Signature Style during tonight’s Holiday Stroll. There will be a giving tree for Wilton Social Services and all donations will benefit Wilton families in need.
Saturday, Dec. 3: Wilton Rocks for Food is an amazing effort created by one Wilton resident as an effort to show one person can make positive change in the community. The ticket price ($50) for this concert featuring local (all Wilton resident) musicians will benefit Wilton Social Services. So far, more than $30,000 has been raised. Tickets are sold out but you can still contribute, online.
Sunday, Dec. 4: See our recent story about donating formal wear to help current Wilton High School band and concert students.
Tuesday, Dec. 6: Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.. The Holiday Book Sale is ongoing through the month of December (ends Jan. 2, 2017).
Wednesday, Dec. 7: The phone number for the office of Wilton’s first selectman, Lynne Vanderslice, is 203.563.0100.
Saturday, Dec. 10: The Relay for Life kickoff party is being held at Trackside Teen Center from 12-3 p.m.. It’s a holiday cookie swap and there will be crafts, games, sign ups and more. We’ll have a larger article tomorrow.
Tuesday, Dec. 13: Donations for the Wilton Food Pantry can be brought to the Wilton Social Services Department, located at Comstock Community Center, 180 School Rd..
Wednesday, Dec. 14: The Wilton Senior Center is located at Comstock Community Center.
Saturday, Dec. 17: The Stuff-a-Cruiser event will likely take place outside the Toy Chest. Stay tuned, as soon as the location is locked in, GOOD Morning Wilton will be sure to let everyone know.
Sunday, Dec. 18: The Wilton Police and Fire Departments and the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps are all located at Town Hall Campus, at 238 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7.
Thursday, Dec. 20: Animals in Distress is a no-kill, volunteer-run cat shelter located on the Town Hall Campus, next to the Animal Control Office, at the rear of the annex building. (238 Danbury Rd.)
Thursday, Dec. 29: The Turnover Shop is located at 98 Old Ridgefield Rd., on the lower level of the Village Market building.