Wilton's Interfaith Action Committee (Wi-ACT), which has supported the annual Rise Against Hunger meal packing event each year to provide food to hungry children around the world, has had to change its focus this year because of the pandemic.
But how to capture that same feeling as Wi-ACT’s big annual 750-vounteer meal packaging event in COVID times? -- specifically the family-friendly, intergenerational, exhilarating, and highly important work of feeding the hungry.
Wi-ACT’s answer comes by adding a new locally focused dimension to one of Wi-ACT’s other existing programs. That existing program provides food, housing, and other assistance to young cystic fibrosis (CF) patients from overseas whose very breathing is so drastically compromised by their disease; they come to the U.S. for short-duration but life-saving clinical treatment unavailable in their home countries.
Wi-ACT is expanding that program now with an entirely local focus.
The strains placed on families with a child suffering from CF when the family is without financial means can be overwhelming. So Wi-ACT is focusing its alternative-to-meal-packaging event for this year on these struggling local families in the tri-state area through the Stamford Cystic Fibrosis Center's clinical program, with which Wi-ACT has had a longstanding relationship.
Wi-ACT is requesting donation of gift cards for food and also for holiday gifts, and it would like to see whole families engaged in this work, including with children writing notes to recipients and preparing decorative envelopes to hold the gift cards. This experience will underscore with children in ways similar to the meal-packaging event the significance of work to meet the needs of others whatever the challenges.
Donors can send gift cards, notes and decorated envelopes to Wi-ACT at its Post Office Box 572, Wilton, CT 06897. Wi-ACT’s Steering Committee requests that you select gift cards for Amazon, Shop ‘n’ Shop, or Target. Gifts in larger amounts for which the donor seeks an acknowledgment of charitable donation should be made to any of the 12 faith institutions that support Wi-ACT’s work (just about all of our town’s faith institutions) with a check memo notation that it’s for the “Wi-ACT CF Project.”
This is an opportunity to share the light of Chanukkah. Please encourage your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends to decorate envelopes and send notes to help support those who so desperately need assistance.
All donations will be much appreciated and gratefully received by children and their families who really need our support now.