WATERBURY — At the Trumbull-Porter Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution year-end meeting, Holiday in a Box, members donated items needed by Safe Haven in Waterbury. Items included lap blankets; sweatshirts; socks; underwear; diapers; baby wipes; toiletries, such as deodorant, shampoo, soap and feminine hygiene needs; snack items; store cards and cash donations. Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury serves victims of domestic violence and provides emergency shelter and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault against women and children.
The DAR Trumbull-Porter Chapter includes the towns of Watertown, Waterbury, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Woodbury, Southbury and some neighboring towns.
Chapter meetings usually take place on the second Thursday of the month from September to June.
Genealogy workshops take place each year as well as monthly meetings with pertinent programs.
The chapter is the sponsor of the Charles Merriman Society, Children of the American Revolution.
The NSDAR gives Good Citizens awards, American History awards and scholarships to high school seniors each year. The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps awards are given to Junior Cadets.
The chapter’s main project is the care of the Old Burying Ground in Watertown, where French and Indian War veterans and more than 50 Revolutionary patriots are buried.
There are also soldiers from the War of 1812, the Civil War and many early town settlers. This cemetery has been maintained for more than 100 years.
Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution is open to any woman 18 years and older regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background.
Women must prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence.