Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced that the Department of Human Services will again sponsor its annual Holiday Giving Program for Westport residents.
“Over the years, the generosity of volunteer donors has made the holidays brighter for hundreds of children, families and seniors in our town,” said Butler. “We hope that Westporters will continue to support their neighbors, many of whom have an even greater need after Hurricane Sandy.”
Following established guidelines for Westport Warm-Up Fund eligibility, the Human Services Department serves largely as a facilitator, allowing Westport residents who wish to give to do so, while protecting the confidentiality of both the donor and receiver.
“Some of the most appreciated gifts are grocery and gas gift cards of any amount, as well as gift cards to local stores where residents may shop,” she said. In addition, cash donations are always welcome as they allow for the purchase of last minute gift cards for clients.
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Checks may be made payable to “DHS Family Programs” with “Holiday” on the memo line and may be mailed or dropped off in Room 200 at Town Hall. Residents wishing to shop for a family’s actual gift requests can also be accommodated at whatever level the donor feels comfortable.
Westport residents and organizations who wish to donate to this effort are urged to contact Patty Haberstroh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 341-1069 as soon as possible.
In addition, families who feel they will need extra support during the coming holiday season should also contact the department at 341-1050.
This program has developed largely in response to calls from Westport residents and organizations who wish to share their holiday spirit with others who are less fortunate than they are. Over the years, the community has given generously with many individuals, clubs, schools, churches and businesses participating in the program—many of them year after year.
“To all of these individuals and organizations, the department expresses heartfelt appreciation for demonstrating that Westport is indeed a caring and generous community,” Butler said.