Giving Gets Going

A few days ago, “06880” highlighted the work of Westport’s Human Services department.

It’s a 24/7/365 organization — but business is never stronger than now through New Year’s.

As the holidays loom, hundreds of children, families and seniors wonder how they’ll cope.

A little gift goes a long way.

Many turn to Human Services’ Holiday Giving Program.  It’s a great, confidential way for Westporters to provide gifts for kids — and ease the financial burden on entire families.

Last year, 463 individuals — including 259 Westport children — were helped by donors.  That was a 10% increase over 2008 — and the numbers are sure to rise this season.

“This unbelievable program enabled us as a family to breathe a little easier, knowing our child could have some fun and joy in life,” one grateful recipient wrote.

Another said:  “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the community.  It is a truly humbling experience.”

Contributions come from individuals, as well as garden and book clubs, scout troops, schools, churches and businesses.

“Families range in size, so we can accommodate any level of tax-deductible donation,” Holiday Giving Program coordinator Patty Haberstroh says.

Her “very rough guideline” suggests an expenditure of $100 per family member.  Interested donors should contact her by email ( or phone (203-341-1069).  She’ll then mail or fax actual gift requests, (including sizes) that have been submitted.  Unwrapped purchases are delivered to Human Services at Town Hall no later than the week of December 6-10.

Donors can also purchase gift cards to places like Stop & Shop, CVS, Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx.  Those cards can be mailed to Human Services, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880 at any time.

But why wait?

One response to “Giving Gets Going

  1. Compassion.