The Gift of Giving
Stamford’s many agencies work tirelessly year-round to provide food, shelter, clothing, education, counseling and a healthy living environment to those in need.
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Donating school supplies, sponsoring an academic intern, participating in the new plant-a-brick and plant-a-tree programs, and monetary donations that finance camp scholarships are ways to give this season. Contact Barbara Rossi at 203-322-6971 or visit bartlett-arboretum.org.
Boys & Girls Club of Stamford
You can purchase holiday cards and gifts from the online Clubhouse Boutique. Proceeds benefit the club and its services. Or a direct donation for any amount is also welcome. Visit bgcastamford.org.
The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education
Among the items at the top of the center’s wish list are monetary contributions, new clothing, office supplies, gift certificates, gently used books and toys and volunteer hours. Your help provides much needed counseling and support services to victims and their families. Call 203-348-9346 or visit thecenter-ct.org.
Childcare Learning Centers
Your monetary donations can help improve the educational experiences of young children and alleviate the cost of meals, books, classroom supplies, field trips and computers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-323-5944.
Christmas Central needs gifts for children of all ages. Popular ideas include clothing-store gift cards, movie tickets, board games, electronics, sports equipment, DVDs and backpacks. Angel Families, a program in which families adopt the lowest-income families to provide them multiple gifts per person, are also needed. Drop off contributions at 82 Lockwood Ave. by December 10. Contact Melissa Bramble at 203-324-4277 or email@example.com.
The Ferguson Library
Stamford’s public library welcomes monetary donations of all amounts to support hours and services during this busy season. Your support helps keep the main branch open on Sundays, continue children’s programming and buy books. Contact Linda Avellar at 203-351-8208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County
Anything you would want on your table for a holiday meal is most desired by people living in poverty. Suggestions include cold cereal, rice, coffee, tuna, jarred sauces, pasta, turkeys and hams. Contact Kate Lombardo at 203-358-8898 or email@example.com.
Mill River Collaborative
Help build Stamford’s downtown park by becoming a member of the collaborative, making a tax-deductible contribution and supporting the capital campaign. Contact Catherine Onyemelukwe at 203-977-4713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shelter for the Homeless
Stamford’s shelter, which provides emergency housing and a hot meal every night to homeless men, needs sheets, towels, underwear, toiletries, warm socks, hats and gloves. The full wish list can be found at shelterforhomeless.org.
SoundWaters welcomes online donations and personal checks, or have your gift matched dollar for dollar by participating companies. Contact Hilary Starks at 203-406-3314.
David’s Treasure Tree toy closet requests toys and monetary donations to help provide a gift to each child admitted to the pediatric unit. Big hits among kids and teens are gift certificates for games, iTunes cards and movie passes. Call 203-276-5900.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Donations are welcomed to support the nature and early childhood education programs and the popular Heckscher Farm. View a full wish list at stamfordmuseum.org/wishlist or call 203-977-6548.
St. Luke’s Lifeworks
The annual Holiday Gift Collection, which provides two personalized gifts for children who may otherwise receive nothing, needs sponsors. Other suggestions include gift cards to grocery stores to ease food costs, or to Burlington Coat Factory for adults who need job-interview clothing. Contact Elaine Osowski at 203-273-0987 or email@example.com.
Children participating in the YMCA’s afterschool LEAD Academy need sports equipment. Though basketballs are in highest demand, racquetballs and squash racquets and balls are also appreciated. Contact Katrina Dorsey at 203-357-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.