A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO
2020’s NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS
Dear Southbury Needy Fund Friends,
The Pandemic changed so many things but not the Southbury Community’s generosity! With your help, we made a brighter Holiday Season for 148 children in 69 families this year. We received a humbling outpouring from Community Members, Local Businesses, Churches, Schools, Family/Friend Groups, and Individuals.
We appreciate each and every one of you!
~ Ellen, Kathleen, Sharon, Sandy, and Deborah.
ANNUAL POLICE TOY DRIVE
Many thanks to the Southbury Police Department for revamping the Toy Drive due to COVID-19.
They did not allow the Pandemic to cancel the toy drive… they took it virtual with great success.
Corporal Grillo, along with Officers Critelli, Pierce, Bette, and Vichiola, collected gifts from an on-line wish list and delivered them to us! They were also a drop off site for people shopping in town and those who wanted to make monetary donations. We appreciate our officers every day and welcome their help every Holiday season.
Shoppers, Sorters, and Sponsors, Oh My! We thank all of you. Some of you take time from your busy schedule to shop for us when we need special items. Our sorters show up a few hours at a time and find the right child for each toy, book, or item of clothing donated. Sponsors are assigned a specific child and buy clothing for that child. Sometimes, groups sponsor an entire family or group of children! We have many families who help us every year as part of their Holiday tradition. We are grateful they are now our friends. Each year there are new volunteers, and we welcome you with open arms. We welcome your enthusiasm, your ideas, and most of all, your generosity.
Sadly, this year we had to say goodbye to an original organizer, Bob Lieber. For over 40 years, he assembled bikes, picked up donations, dropped off items to families in need, helped load cars with gifts, and did many post office and bank runs. He happily helped in any way he could. He will be missed. We send love and prayers to the Lieber Family.
The Heritage Village Women’s Club, unable to hold its Annual Giving Tree, encouraged donations, which helped fund the Senior Holiday Program and purchase gifts for the children. Special thanks to the Stitch & Chat Club and the Strips & Squares Quilt Club, who donated their lovely handmade items to the children and seniors.
Additional Homemade Items
We are grateful to the Knit Wits of South Britain Congregational Church for their donation of knitted items, as well as a check to purchase clothing.
Bonnie Loiseau coordinated an effort to provide each child on the list with a homemade mask appropriate to their age. She was joined by Anne Westerman, Pat Earhart and Linda Langley from the United Church of Christ’s Women’s Fellowship.
Thank you to local realtor Mary Adzima of Coldwell Banker who partnered with The Bakery to create a very successful fundraiser for the Southbury Needy Fund.
The fantastic members of the Southbury Women’s Club made another generous contribution from their annual 5K Turkey Trot. This annual event gives enormous support to the Needy Fund and Southbury’s Food and Fuel Bank.
SOUTHBURY’S SECRET SANTA
Ed Wildman has dedicated himself to making sure all the children on the list receive plenty of toys. Long time volunteer on the Police Toy Drives, he also redeems bottles and cans for cash. To date, Ed has redeemed over 100,000 cans and bottles and has an account set up to donate money to the Needy Fund yearly. Thank you, Ed, and thank you to all the businesses and individuals who have donated their bottles and cans over the years!
SOUTHBURY KEEPING KIDS COZY
Julia Vela, a member of Girl Scout Troop 64101, began a new drive for the Southbury Needy Fund this year. She asked community members to drop off new, warm clothing for children of all ages to help us have enough fleeces, sweats, and pajamas for every child. She coordinated drop off times, helped us sort her generous donations, and even went shopping for specific items we needed with donated gift cards. The PHS Young Christians Club has committed to carrying on this drive for future years. Julia earned a well-deserved Silver Award from the Girl Scouts for her efforts. We thank Julia, the Girl Scouts, and the many helpers and supporters who made this a successful effort for Julia and a tradition that will serve the Needy Fund for years to come.
Our gratitude to Sacred Heart Church and the Mustard Seed Fund, the United Church of Christ, St. James Lutheran Church, Church of the Epiphany and The Upper Room, South Britain Congregational Church, Calvary Church and Cornerstone Assembly of God for their continued support of our Christmas program and the generous donations they provide allowing us to help residents year-round.
OUR SCHOOLS, STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF
Thank you to Pomperaug, Gainfield, Long Meadow and Middlebury Elementary schools, to Rochambeau and Memorial Middle Schools and to Pomperaug High School, including the PHS Student Connect Interact Club and Pomperaug Christian Club for all their enthusiastic support.
Special appreciation to Jenna Landmon who has spearheaded the PHS toy drive to help the Southbury Needy Fund these past three years. Good luck in college Jenna!
OUR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
Our thanks to the Southbury Women’s Club, SVFA Women’s Auxiliary, Southbury Homemakers, Region 15 BAS Program, Tribury Rotary Club, Southbury Town employees, Southbury Juniorettes and Thanksgiving Day Holiday Meal Fund for their wonderful support.
Thank you to K.B. Corporation, Body Physics, Pediatric Dental Associates, The Bakery of Southbury, T.J. Maxx, Kennedy Wealth and Tax Management, William Raveis R.E., Coldwell Banker R.E., The Gap, K&W Construction, Munson Lovetere, Rustic Charm of Woodbury, S & S Asphalt Paving, Southbury Stone and Supply, Heads Up Hair Salon, H.I. Stone and Son, Premier Financial Services, Newbury Place, Franchise Source Brand, Wells Fargo, Union Savings Bank, and Whiskers Cat Rescue.
Special thanks to The Watermark at East Hill and The Lutheran Home.
And to the Hine Family of Hine Brothers Inc., who continue to provide us with amazing year-round support.
SENIOR HOLIDAY GIFT PACKAGES
The Southbury Needy Fund helped fund the packages delivered to 70 Southbury Seniors. This annual effort was coordinated by Tamath K. Rossi, Senior Services Director
EVERY INDIVIDUAL DONOR AND SPONSOR
We want to give a special thank you to every person who donated or sponsored a child or family. Your gift, especially this year, means so much to so many people. Thank you to those donors who have named the Southbury Needy Fund to receive a matching grant through their company.
OUR LOGISTICS HEROES
Thank you to Kevin Bennett, who again secured us a place to safely sort and bag the new clothing and toys. Our appreciation to Noreen Thompson, Betsy Rosa, and Danielle Brewi at Town Hall, as well as Sandy Saren for compiling the list of children and their sizes and needs. Without their assistance, there wouldn’t be a gift program.
We are here throughout the year …
The Southbury Needy Fund, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1978 to provide Christmas gifts to needy children in the town of Southbury. Since then, we have become a year-round fund assisting Southbury families and seniors referred to us by the Social Services Department. We help our neighbors bridge the gap on emergency needs such as medical or housing expenses, car, appliances, or home repairs, and fees for school trips and Parks and Recreation programs.
Our year-round volunteer staff are Kathleen Hennessy, Ellen Baczeski, Sharon Lieber and Sandy Saren. Deborah Brody assists with publicity. Dan Szabo designed and supports our dedicated website. Find us at http://southburyneedyfund.org. And on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sbyneedy/.