January 11, 2021
To the Darien Community,
On behalf of Darien Human Services, I would like to thank everyone who participated in our Holiday Gift Giving Program. Because of the pandemic, our Gift Giving Program looked a lot different this year. Rather than contributing toys, clothing and gifts to families and seniors in need, donors gave gift cards, handwritten cards, and holiday wishes to 54 families and 55 seniors. Individuals, book groups, church groups, clubs, and families helped bring joy to their Darien neighbors at a difficult time.
A big thanks goes to Joe Marzano, the Darien YMCA, and participants in the House Basketball Program who donated household goods to help stock the shelves of our Household Supply closet with much-needed cleaning supplies, paper goods, and personal grooming products. The members of the Depot’s Helping Hands also supported our Household Supply Closet with numerous home goods drives and the fifth grade students of Ox Ridge Elementary School and their parents stopped by Town Hall with 4 SUV’s filled with household items as well!
The students, staff, and parents of Tokeneke School were extremely generous with hundreds of donations of home goods. We received even more support from Janet Keeler, the DHS Advisory Council, and Darien High School staff, students, and families who contributed numerous household items this year.
In addition, we were overwhelmed with the generosity of other residents and organizations. Our sincere thanks goes to the Darien Board of Realtors, Darien Bank & Trust, Darien Domestic Abuse Council (DDAC), Darien Old Timers Athletic Association, the staff of the Darien Library, the Masonic Club of Darien, the Lions Club of Darien, Darien High School Parents Association, Christ Community Church, members of the Garden Club of Darien, the “Soul Sisters”, Town Hall employees, the countless others who purchased items on our Amazon Wish List, and all the anonymous donors who donated their time and resources to help those less fortunate. With the support of individuals and organizations like these, Darien Human Services was able to provide for our clients despite the ongoing crisis.
Thanks to everyone who supported our program and, more importantly, touched the lives of their neighbors. Your gestures of kindness mean so much to our department and to your fellow Darien residents and make me hopeful we will get through the next few challenging months together. With best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe 2021!
Ali Ramsteck, LCSW, Director
Darien Human Services