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Letter: The Holidays Will Be Brighter

Thanks to the generosity and support from the community, the holidays are brighter for Woodbridge seniors and families.  The staff of the Human Services Department sincerely thanks the Woodbridge Police Union, Coachman Square of Woodbridge, Bailey Moore Schaefer, Glazer and Proto LLC, and The Linden for sponsoring the drive-thru Thanksgiving Luncheon at The Woodbridge Center.  More than 100 Woodbridge residents were able to enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving lunch prepared by Lasse’s Restaurant.

We are grateful to the Woodbridge Rotary Club and the partners and employees of Bailey, Moore, Glazer, Schaefer & Proto, LLP for providing Thanksgiving pies and gift cards to Woodbridge families in need, and to the Woodbridge Rotary Club for sponsoring the drive-thru December holiday lunch for the seniors at The Woodbridge Center.  Without these sponsors we could not offer such lovely programs!

The staff of Woodbridge Human Services is grateful for the assistance by local businesses, organizations, families and individuals as the community came together to provide for our neighbors in need.  We sincerely thank 10 Selden (formerly the Amity Teen Center), Amity Alternative School, Beecher Road School Social Action Committee, Beecher Road School PTO, Beecher Road School Student Council, Beecher Road School’s kindergarten, first and second grade classes, the Chowder Pot Restaurant, Coldwell Banker of Woodbridge, the Leo Club, Woodbridge Town Library employees, Woodbridge Friends of the Library, Woodbridge Recreation Commission and Department, Woodbridge Child Center, the employees of Woodbridge Town Hall, Girl Scout Troop 60164, One of a Kind Foundation, Barry and Hyla Vine, the partners and employees of Bailey, Moore, Glazer, Schaefer & Proto, LLP, for their generous contributions of holiday food baskets and gift cards.  We thank the Children’s House of Montessori for hats, mittens and scarves, and Progressions Salon for sponsoring a sock drive.  Thank you to Boy Scout Troop 63, along with Boy Scout Troop 907, for their bountiful donation of non-perishable foods for the holiday food baskets and the emergency food closet.  Special thanks to Gabi Durso and her family for their effort with the Good Night Sleep Tight PJ program providing new pajamas for each child in the Holiday basket program.

Several dedicated members of the Woodbridge Fire Department will deliver toys to children in need in Woodbridge.  They will brighten the holidays for several families with a visit from Santa.  These committed volunteers from the Fire Department generously donate their time each year to bring cheer and joy to these children and their families.  For all they do, we are grateful.

In addition, we would like to thank the residents who donated the many holiday baskets and gift cards, monetary donations to the Food & Fuel Fund, and those who helped throughout the year with sorting and stocking of our emergency food closet, and making masks for the community- we are most thankful.  In a difficult year, our dedicated regular donors and several new donor participants helped make the response an overwhelming success!  This broad spectrum of community-minded residents has come together to make these worthwhile programs a reality for our Woodbridge neighbors.

On behalf of the staff and members of the Human Services Commission, we wish everyone happy holidays and a very happy and joyous New Year.

Sincerely,

Jeanette Glicksman, Director of Human Services

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