Several alert — and generous — “06880” readers have asked how they can help others this holiday season.
Not every Westporter is well off. Last year, the Department of Human Services’ Holiday Giving Program helped over 400 residents battered by layoffs, foreclosures and other misfortunes.
Some of the most appreciated gifts are grocery and gas gift cards of any amount, as well as gift cards to local stores.
Cash donations help Human Services staffers buy last-minute gift cards for clients. Gift cards and checks (payable to “DHS Family Programs,” with “Holiday” on the memo line) can be mailed to or dropped off at Room 200, Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880.
Donors can also shop for a family’s actual gift requests. For specific requests or to learn more, contact Patty Haberstroh: firstname.lastname@example.org; 203-341-1069.
NOTE: Clubs, schools, religious groups, book clubs and businesses can help too!
Meanwhile, Westport police officers are accepting new, unopened and unwrapped toys — plus cash donations — during their annual Holiday Toy Drive.
They take place on the weekends of December 9-10 and 16-17 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ASF Sports parking lot, 1560 Post Road East).
Can’t do weekends? Collection boxes are set up now through December 17 at the police station (50 Jesup Road), Town Hall (110 Myrtle Avenue), ASF Sports (1560 Post Road East) and Renato’s Jewelers (1765 Post Road East).
Questions? Contact Sgt. Jill Ruggiero: email@example.com; 203-341-6000.
And if you swing by Suited.co (44 Railroad Place) Tuesday through Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) — with a gently used overcoat, jacket or suit — owner Ryan Meserole will donate it to Save-a-Suit. The non-profit provides business attire to military veterans getting back into the workforce.
It’s a great way to give. And Ryan gives back too — with a $150 credit on any Suited.co order.
I’m sure there are many more ways to help. If you know of an organization, business or club that’s doing good work this holiday season, click “Comments” below. Spread the word — and good cheer!