As we head into the month dedicated to Gratitude, many of us are thinking about our Holiday lists, how this year may look a little different, and how we can help others in our community. 2020 has rocked so many of us in a variety of ways. And if as a result of everything that has gone on this year, you are able to give back this year, here are a few ways to participate in support of our local community.
Adopt a Family
The Newtown Fund Adopt a Family Program: Each year approximately 70 – 100 families need assistance in Newtown during the Holidays. The Newtown Fund runs an annual program in which “adoptees” receive a list of the ages and gender of each family member, along with his or her needs. You can adopt a family as an individual, a family, a group of friends, or an organization. Sign up here.
Women’s Center of Greater Danbury: The Holidays, while joyous celebrations for many, can be challenging for domestic violence survivors. Each year, WCGD coordinates programs for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Chanukah, so they can enjoy each holiday with their children. Click here to learn more about the Thanksgiving Baskets and Adopt-a-Family programs.
Virtual Holiday Fundraising Events
Newtown Youth & Family Services Holiday Festival – Due to COVID, Newtown Youth and Family Services has moved their Holiday Festival online. The Holiday Festival will start on 12/6 and go through 12/12 with a week packed of virtual events for the whole family. Write a letter to Santa (and get a response), Schedule a call with Santa, watch Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet perform The Nutcracker and more! Check out the full schedule here and don’t forget to get those letters to The Toy Tree by 12/18!
Ann’s Place Festival of Trees – This year, the Virtual Festival of Trees will begin on 11/7 and go through 12/5. Groups will be able to enter 3 contests ($25 per entry) including Decorate a Tree or Holiday Item, Think Outside the Box: Upcycle Challenge, and Awkward Holiday Photo. Details are here.
Fill the Truck for FAITH Food Pantry – This annual event organized by the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department will take place on at Big Y in Newtown on Saturday 11/21.
FAITH Food Pantry – Ongoing donations are needed. You can drop off on at the pantry which is located at St. Rose Church or at several drop off-locations in town. Food drives will always be posted on our calendar.
Donation hours are as follows: Tuesday 9:30AM – 11:30AM, Thursday 4:30 – 6PM and the first Saturday of the month 10AM – 12PM. You can make a monetary donation online.
United Way of Western CT – This organization serves Greater Danbury & Greater New Milford through a variety of programs. Check out their website for a list of initiatives.
Do you know of another event or organization who is accepting donations during the Holidays? Please share by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.