Weston steps up for Norfield Giving Fair

This year’s first annual Norfield Giving Fair held June 16, brought together more than 160 volunteers to take on 48 service project in Weston, Norwalk, Westport, Bridgeport, Stamford and Derby.

Volunteers came from Norfield Church, Weston Girl and Boy Scout Troops, Weston Kiwanis Club, Weston High School KEY Club and individuals from Weston, Redding, Wilton and Westport.

This is what was accomplished:

• 58 adults with developmental disabilities attended a dance party held at Norfield’s own Parish Hall (CLASP Homes)

• 25 disadvantaged children, ages 2-13 and living in Norwalk, attended a board game/art party (DOMUSKids)

• Five refugee families from the Congo, Iraq and Eritrea who have just arrived in Connecticut received much needed mentoring and items from their “wish list,” which included air conditioners, fans, household items, clothing, school supplies, books and computers (iiCONN).

• 13 low-income senior citizens living in Weston received much needed visits and home-made food (Weston Social Services)

• Four low-income families/individuals living in Weston received landscaping help, including having downed trees removed from property — thank you Weston Arborists (Weston Social Services)

• Two low-income individuals living in Weston received home improvement help including deck repair, painting and minor handyman work (Weston Social Services)

• Three rooms were painted and landscape work was completed at a homeless shelter in Bridgeport (Bridgeport Rescue Mission)

• Meals were prepared and served to 225 people at three local homeless shelters (Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Open Door Shelter, Gillespie Center)

• 200 cookies were made to be distributed to children in need through a Mobile Kitchen that travels in Bridgeport (Bridgeport Rescue Mission)

• 200 toiletries items and 25 welcome packages were collected and donated (Homes for the Brave and Bridgeport Rescue Mission)

• A new shelving system was built at a Westport food pantry (Homes with Hope)

• Two rooms were painted and a door fixed at a homeless shelter in Westport (Homes with Hope)

• Brush was cleared and an outside area was beautified at Saugatuck Apartments, a low-income housing complex in Westport (Homes with Hope)

• A former Broadway pianist ran a three-hour piano workshop for underserved youth living in Bridgeport who no longer have music offered in their schools (KEYS – Kids Empowered by Your Support)

• 20 adults and children enjoyed a crafting party at a Norwalk homeless shelter (Open Door Shelter)

• Many homeless individuals received a visit from two visiting nurses (Open Door Shelter)

• 150 birthday party bags were stuffed and donated to children living in a homeless shelter in Norwalk (Open Door Shelter)

• 10 oral histories were taken from seniors living in the surrounding community and stories were told about Weston and Norfield Church (Norfield Church)

• In Norfield’s Chapel, those in need and those serving others were held in prayer during the seven hours of the Norfield Giving Fair (Prayer Warriors, Norfield Church)

• Carpet was ripped-up and a basement scraped and painted to prepare a home to become a Youth Ministry Center for youth in Bridgeport and the surrounding community (We Want More)

• For seven hours, wood was chopped and stacked and is now awaiting delivery to those in need in the Weston community this winter (Weston Warm-Up Fund)

• 150 32-ounce containers of soup, 50 lasagnas, and 25 meatloaves were prepared, frozen and delivered to a boys home in Stamford and homeless shelters in Westport and Norwalk (DOMUSKids, Homes with Hope, Open Door Shelter)

• 25 cards were made and sent to service men and women serving on the USS Eisenhower

In the evening, a crowd of about 150 to 200 volunteers, beneficiaries, friends and Westonites were entertained to the tropical sounds of St. Lukes Steel Band from New Haven and fed “Norfield syle” with a pig roast and traditional barbecue.

The day was rounded out with a slideshow of photos that were taken on the day by photographers and volunteers.

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