Today’s first priority: VOTE! For any information you need about where, when, and how (not to mention why) to vote today, check out our handy Guide to Wilton Election2015, published yesterday.
Now, moving on to your next priority, check out any of these really GOOD things to do today to give back. Election Day GOOD STUFF is another way you can perform your civic duty.
Person-to-Person Polling Place Food Drive
All day during Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Person-to-Person will be collecting non-perishable foods to help stock the P2P Food Pantry in Norwalk. For your convenience, P2P donation boxes will be at each of the three polling places in Wilton (Cider Mill School, Middlebrook School and Wilton High School).
In Fairfield County, nearly 12-percent of our neighbors are struggling with food insecurity. For children, the number is even higher, with one in six not knowing where their next meal is coming from.
Last year, P2P Norwalk provided clients with groceries for more than 533,000 meals – including families in Wilton. According to Norwalk site manager Callie Jayne, this year’s demand is likely to exceed that total.
“Fortunately, because of the generous donations from members of the community, we will be able to meet the need of people who come to us for food.” Jayne notes that the combination of individual donations and P2P partnerships with local retailers and food banks enables P2P to provide groceries for a full week of meals at an average cost of $35 per person.
“Any non-perishable food donation is most appreciated,” says Jayne, “but the items needed most right now include beans, canned fruit, hot and cold cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, canned vegetables and hearty soups.”
Wilton Congregational Church Coat Drive
The Wilton Congregational Church‘s 51st Annual Election Day Coat Drive is still going on. Today is the last day they’re collecting items, and volunteers will gladly accept anything that will keep a child or adult warm, from coats, jackets, fleeces and scarves to blankets and sleeping bags!
Beneficiaries are Wilton Social Services, Open DoorShelter, Person to Person, and Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
Drop off times today (Tuesday, Nov. 3) at the Wilton Congregational Church (70 Ridgefield Rd.) are 8 a.m.-4 p.m..
“Swing to School” Bake Sale
Support these intrepid 4th grade girls who have not only spotted a need at their school, they’ve come up with a great way to solve it. They’re raising money to help buy additional playground equipment. They’ll be selling baked goods outside of the Cider Mill polling precinct during the day on Tuesday, Nov 3.
To learn more about their efforts, click here.