This event begs further explanation because the food provided lasts much longer than the Thanksgiving holiday and there is much more contributed than could fit in a basket. This town-wide event is organized
by WIN. Social Services provides WIN a list of Newtown families in need, which we match with various volunteer sponsors (Girl Scouts, church groups, local businesses, individual families, etc.). Each sponsor provides holiday “fixings” (turkey or ham, stuffing, etc.) as well as groceries (milk, butter, canned goods and even pet food) to last the assigned family for an entire month. On the Friday prior to Thanksgiving, all items are collected and divided into boxes and bags for the families to pick up later in the day (some deliveries are also made). All WIN members are called upon for this event, even if only for an hour with a preschooler in tow
WIN is asked to donate a decorated tree for the Festival of Trees each winter. The Christmas trees are then auctioned off to benefit Newtown Youth and Family Services.
WIN sponsors one Newtown family in need each holiday season. Social Services provides us a description of the family members (sex and age) and a list of their needs/desires for the holiday. Very often the wish list is simply necessity items, such as clothing. WIN members choose items they wish to purchase on their own. The remaining items are then purchased by WIN. All items are wrapped and delivered in time for the holidays.
WIN Members prepare homemade sandwiches (on site) or bring pre-baked individually wrapped food items for distribution at the Red Cross Blood Drive held by the Newtown Lions Club at the Congregational Church.
WIN Members assemble Easter baskets filled with candy (purchased by WIN), stuffed animals, and goodies, which are distributed to needy children in town and the surrounding area. Stuffed animals and baskets are collected all year long for this event.
This Newtown Youth & Family Services annual event helps our senior citizens and disabled residents continue to live independently in their own homes. On this day, WIN members assist with basic home upkeep, which can include yard work, cleaning windows, organizing closets and garages, etc.
WIN supports the Newtown food pantries and other similar organizations by adopting a row (select, plant, cultivate and harvest their own crops) within the Victory Garden and donating all the fresh, healthful produce to our neediest families in town.
WIN hosts a booth at the Lion’s Pootatuck Duck Race held at Sandy Hook Center on Memorial Day Weekend. We sell candy and necklaces as a fundraiser, and provide information to those women interested in joining WIN.
Each year WIN provides a scholarship through the Newtown Scholarship Fund to a deserving female high school student who has excelled in community service.
WIN supports the Newtown Chapter Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut by purchasing a table and attending their annual appreciation breakfast. WIN joins in the celebration of the volunteers, caregivers, and support services that help those with end of life illnesses to remain in the comfort of their own homes, and die with dignity.