Thanksgiving is a time to take stock of our blessings and share the bounty of the harvest. This Thanksgiving, hundreds of local residents did just that by contributing food, turkeys, gift cards, reusable shopping bags and volunteer hours to Person-to-Person to provide close to 1,000 families with healthy and bountiful Thanksgiving dinners. Grateful families and individuals were able to enjoy the holiday, thanks to the fresh vegetables, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, turkey and desserts they received.

We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who make it possible for P2P to meet the basic needs of area residents and support them on their paths to financial security, at Thanksgiving and throughout the year.

More than 900 turkeys were donated by Walter Stewart’s Market, Stew Leonard’s, the Congregational Church of New Canaan, the CT Food Bank, the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Hindley Elementary School, National Charity League of New Canaan and numerous individuals.  The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation generously donated funds to purchase food and the Darien Lion’s Club donated $1,500 in supermarket gift cards. Individual donors include Kim Dickinson, Allison Gagliardi, Kay Krill, Jalna Jaeger, Betsy Bianco ,and Jay Sandak.

Individuals and employees who volunteered to help with Thanksgiving preparations at our Darien, Norwalk and Stamford pantries:

Capital One, Connecticut Community Bank, DATTO Inc., FactSet, Marcus Partners, Milward Brown, NBC Sports Marketing team, Point 72 Asset Management, Tauck Family Foundation and Xerox, as well as volunteers from AmeriCorps, Darien High School, Jack & Jill of Stamford, King Lower School and New Canaan Crew & Maritime Rowing Club.  Students from Notre Dame, Stamford, Staples, Weston and Wilton High Schools and Middlebrook Middle School helped sort food from the Wilton postal food drive, together with members of St. Leo’s Youth Group.  Additional volunteers include Stephanie Cocchia, Taina Gomez, Brian Williams and members of Darien’s Troop 219G and Cub Scout Pack 155.

Schools, civic groups, faith groups and businesses who hosted Thanksgiving food drives:

Campbell Soup Company, Capital One, Charter Oak Communities, Christie’s Quilt Shop, Commonfund, Congregational Church of New Canaan, Cornerstone Community Church, Cranbury Elementary School, Darien Girl Scouts, Darien Boy Scouts, Darien Cub Scouts, DHL International Shipping, Discovery Capital Management, Emmanuel Church Weston, First Congregational Church on the Green (Norwalk), Greenwich Country Day School, Jam Studio Norwalk, King School, Kings Highway Elementary School, Marcus Partners, The Maritime Aquarium, Merritt 7 Partners, Methodist Family Center Preschool, Middlesex Middle School, Nathan Hale Middle School, Noroton Presbyterian Church Nursery School, North Mill Equipment & Finance, Norwalk Junior Football Club, OPUS for Person-to-Person, Orange Theory Darien, Palmer’s Market, Pepperidge Farm, St. Jerome Church, St. Ladislaus Church, St. Luke’s Parish Nursery School, St. Paul’s on the Green, ServPro, Stop & Shop, 3D AAU Basketball, Troy Insurance, West Elementary School, Wilton Letter Carriers, Women’s Healthcare of New England and Zotos International.

Thank you to all who joined together to share the bounty this Thanksgiving season!