Our new column with uplifting stories, funny encounters, poignant moments–but all particular to Wilton. Submit your “Thank GOODness” moments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Pictures are always welcome.)
Today (Monday, Dec. 19) is the last day in 2016 that we’ll be publishing, because even news website editors need to take a vacation every once in a while. To tide everyone over, we’ve compiled this collection of recent “Thank GOODness” moments that happened recently right here in Wilton. We hope you find them just as inspiring as we did, and encourage you to pass along them along to inspire others.
We’ll be back in 2017, refreshed and rested, and looking forward to finding more GOOD Wilton news to share.
Police Cruiser was Stuffed at Stuff-a-Cruiser for Toys-for-Tots
The 2nd annual Stuff-a-Cruiser event held by the Wilton Police Department to collect toys for the Toys-for-Tots donation effort was a success, this past weekend. Check out some of the photos sent to GOOD Morning Wilton of people stopping by on a snowy day, all day long, to drop off unwrapped toys and gifts. You might even spot some familiar faces, including first selectman Lynne Vanderslice and Ambler Farm program manager/Cider Mill teacher Kevin Meehan.
Wilton Garden Club Grows Holiday Cheer
Holiday cheer is meant to be shared and that was apparent at the recent Wilton Garden Club annual Holiday Workshop. Garden Club members brought in greens from their own gardens and like Santa’s elves, busily designed 20 floral arrangements and many festive wreaths. They delivered the floral pieces to Wilton Social Services for the families served by the town. The wreaths now grace prominent buildings in town including the Wilton Library, Town Hall, Wilton Post Office, Hurlbutt Street School and Old Town Hall.
Painted Cookie and Santa Say, “Ho! Ho! Hospice!” Help
This past Sunday, Dec. 18, the Painted Cookie and Santa raised $920 for The Connecticut Hospice. Guests stopped by for a picture with Santa and to color-a-cookie to benefit the cause. Children of all ages were able to pose for a picture and tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.
Cub Scout Pack 22 Packs Boxes Full of Love
The Cub Scouts of Pack 22 had a collection at their meeting last Thursday night, Dec. 15, for Wilton Social Services. The boys brought personal care items to stock the shelves at the Wilton Food Pantry.
Thanking the Men & Women Who “Get Our children to School and Back Home Safely”
Wilton resident Lisa Finn shared a gratitude story with GMW. Finn, one of the hospitality chairs for the Middlebrook School PTA, explained that four times a year, Wilton’s schools host a breakfast buffet for the school bus drivers, with each school hosting once out of the four quarters:
“On Dec. 1, our Middlebrook School PTA‘s Hospitality Committee hosted a breakfast buffet for the 50 or so bus drivers during their morning meeting at Comstock Community Center. The bus drivers were so thankful and appreciative. [It’s] a little way the PTA gives back to the men and women who get our children to school and back home safely each day.”
Perhaps unbeknownst to most parents, the PTAs have been doing this for many years, says Finn. For the 2016-17 school year, in addition to Middlebrook hosting in December, the Miller-Driscoll PTA hosted in October; Cider Mill’s PTA will host in March 2017 and Wilton High School’s PTSA will host in May. Finn organized this most recent breakfast with co-chair Ginna Yerrall.
Finn laughs that she didn’t take a better picture than the one below: “The buffet was awesome, but we were so busy chatting with the drivers that I didn’t get a good pic!”
Tag Sale Secret Santa
Wilton Social Services (WSS) helps the approximately 100 Wilton children they serve celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah by finding volunteers who will help satisfy the children’s gift wish lists. Many of the children request not just toys and fun things but also simple basics–including winter jackets, snow pants, gloves, etc. WSS always welcomes donations of cash and gift cards to help meet those requests. One Wilton resident has come up with a creative way to help WSS in that effort. She asked to remain anonymous when she wrote to tell us about what she does each time she posts something for sale on the Wilton CT Tag sale page on Facebook:
“When I post items for tag sale, I have asked the people who have been buying to either pay the cash price or give me a donation check to Wilton Social Services (payee should actually be ‘Wilton Community Assistance Fund‘). Most people willingly give more than the price of the item–for example, instead of $5 cash, they’ve given me a $20 check for Social Services. It’s an easy way to make a difference. Just passing it on.”
In Lieu of Teacher Gift, Donate to Community Assistance Fund for Heating Oil
Another reader told us about something beautiful happening in her child’s 5th grade classroom at Cider Mill School. The teacher, Frank Coomaraswamy (“Mr. C”), has asked families for a different kind of teacher gift this year: “I love my kid’s teacher. Here’s the note we just got: In lieu of a class holiday gift, have the children earn $5/$10 at home. The funds will be donated to the Wilton Community Assistance Fund–heating oil effort.” The children will have the opportunity to give the collected money to Wilton Social Services.
Holiday Cheer at Whatever Age
Recently, Wilton Girl Scout Troop 50793 paid a visit to The Greens at Cannondale to spread some holiday cheer. The girls, all Brownies in 3rd grade, sang for the seniors and then enjoyed some cookies and milk. They also visited with the Greens’ residents and worked on a craft with together.