‘Tis the Season! We’re inspired by great stories we hear about Wiltonians demonstrating incredible generosity, compassion and good will during this time of year. We’re sharing these stories and ask readers to send us other recent examples they’ve witnessed of the true meaning of the holiday season on display. Send your stories, photos, anecdotes and anything else to email@example.com and we’ll make sure residents and non-residents alike will get to see Wilton’s true nature of kindness and holiday spirit.
A little over two weeks ago, we helped the group, Wheels for Kids, by putting out a call to Wilton residents for donated bicycles. The bikes would be carted to a refurbishment stop to get repaired and shined up before heading to Danbury’s Santa’s Workshop event, last Saturday, Dec. 20, to find homes with needy kids and families.
Organizer David Campbell reports that on Saturday, there were 77 Danbury children who took home a bike and a new helmet. As he said in an understated way, “It was a rewarding effort. We made the holidays a bit better for quite a few people.”
Wilton, that’s 77 children whose lives have been changed thanks to many of you who donated bikes in great working order that just needed a little bit of polish and adjusting. Sometimes holiday spirit can be delivered on two wheels.
Campbell offered big thanks to Mary Korin, Chief Elf of Santa’s Workshop; Art Horan at Shepard’s for the awesome garage; Pat Caruso of Associated for saving and transporting donated bikes; Cycling Sports Group employees, alumni and local bike enthusiasts Dave Cote, Kevin Kane, Andy Schmidt, Nathan Barry, Jane Pearson, Julie Rowser, Scott Feltmate, Tim Stan, Mark Nielsen, Brad Accettella, Rob Humphries, Jono Davis, Jake Hamm, Pete Scannell, and Jay Tarrant; and Karen and Pedro Troche for working and doing translation at Santa’s Workshop. He also thanked Scott Rice and Michael Dorrance of Pacific Cycle for providing helmets.