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The Wilton Woman’s Club (WWC) was busy the week of Thanksgiving, helping different residents of the Wilton community celebrate this holiday of peace and sharing. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, individual WWC members made all different parts of the holiday meal, enough for 50-60 people. They each dropped off their contributed parts of the meal at Comstock Community Center, where teen members of the WWC Junior Leadership Program (JLP) met them to assemble, package and deliver meals to over 50 homebound Wilton residents. The Village Market donated all containers.
“We had a record number of meal requests this year,” said Wilton Social Services’ coordinator Lauren Hughes. “We are so grateful the Wilton Woman’s Club has been doing this most of the 22 years that I have worked here. It’s wonderful and the seniors so appreciate it.”
Club members also helped out with Wilton Social Services’ annual Thanksgiving basket effort, purchasing and donating everything needed for a complete Thanksgiving dinner, from a turkey to potatoes, vegetables, desserts, and even a tablecloth and candles. Last year, Wilton Social Services distributed almost 70 Thanksgiving baskets to Wilton community members in need of Thanksgiving dinner. Moreover, in addition to donating a basket, WWC members also assisted Social Services staff at the drop off point on Monday, Nov. 21, helping to collect and organize baskets from other donors.
The holiday season also motivated members of the Wilton Riding Club (WRC) to create an event that would benefit other members of the Wilton community in need. On Saturday, Nov. 19, the WRC hosted its first annual Give Back Party. Members who attended the event contributed and collected paper goods, personal items and gift cards, which were donated to the Wilton Food Pantry.
Hosted by three member families–the Heffernans, Ricketts and Walshes–the WRC members wanted the fundraiser to help a local organization, and the Food Pantry was chosen as it serves 70 families in need living in Wilton.
“As a result of their efforts and all who attended and donated, we collected over $550 in cash and many hundreds of dollars of food, paper and personal products, and ensured that [those] families will have a much happier Thanksgiving. We hope this will be the first of many such charity events at the WRC demonstrating that we are not just a social club but part of the Wilton Community,” said WRC president Craig Johnson.