One Small Way To Help

“06880” reader Phil Miano writes:

We are former Westport residents, who moved to Weston a few years ago. My 2 girls are voice students of Francine Wheeler, whose son Ben was one of the 1st graders slain in the tragedy in Newtown.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Newtown

Trinity Episcopal Church, Newtown

The family needs finger food for Ben’s memorial service next Thursday. I hope there are Westport businesses and people who would like to help in some way, but don’t know how.

Calling hours for Ben Wheeler will be at the Trinity  Episcopal Church (the stone church at the flagpole, 36 Main Street) on Wednesday (December 19, 4- 7 p.m.) Finger food and beverages are needed.

A memorial service for Ben will be held at Trinity on Thursday (December 20, 11 a.m.) Needed: finger food, salads, desserts, as well as volunteers to set up, help during the luncheon and clean up.

Trinity is holding a 2nd funeral here on Friday (December 21, 4 p.m. for Madeleine Hsu, one of Ben’s classmates who also perished). We will need finger food and appetizers for the reception to follow.

What a great way for Westport to help! Newtown residents and businesses must be overwhelmed. If you can offer what Trinity Church needs, please email

3 responses to “One Small Way To Help

  1. Dear Phil,

    Thanks for your note. I have contacted the following companies in Norwalk, CT that will work directly with the Parish to do what ever they need.

    Stew Leonards, Norwalk, CT
    Muro’s New York Bakery, Norwalk, CT
    Panera Bread, Norwalk, CT
    Wave Hill Breads, Norwalk, CT
    I am awaiting a few others but I was happy to get the word out
    and call each of them directly, all are happy to donate.

    God Bless you and all of those that have been affected.

    Love * Faith * Hope

  2. I spoke with Tisha at Stew Leonard’s in Danbury regarding purchasing gift cards for use by Trinity Chiurch. She told me that they will hold gift card contributions for Trinity Church for those who want to make donations.
    Donors will need to contact Trinity Church to let them know that such a donation is available for their use.

  3. Richard Lawrence Stein

    Chef Gans Culinary Arts Instructor at Staples High School is currently in the process of whipping up the best Chocolate Chip Cookies she and her students can make. She hopes to make at least a thousand or more… To help defray costs teachers and students are ponying up 20cents a cookie… over $200 has been generated so far….. Staples helping our friends in a time of need….. Yours truly will be delivering them on Wednesday.