SOUTHBURY — The Southbury Needy Fund is now in its 42nd year, bringing warmth and joy to children and families in the community by collecting gifts of warm winter clothing and holiday necessities. Last year, hundreds of Southbury residents, churches, schools, organizations, and businesses helped 150 children from 68 Southbury families.
Anyone interested in being a sponsor is asked to contact Sharon Lieber at 203-264-8743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is invited to participate as the Southbury Department of Social Services compiles a list of Southbury children and families who need help to make it through the holidays.
Each child on the list receives two outfits, a set of PJs, a fleece top or sweatshirt, a pair of sweatpants, a winter hat, gloves, scarf, and winter jacket, boots, or sneakers.
Sponsors may provide one, some, or all items on the list.
The fund suggested that sponsors team up with friends, co-workers, or fellowship groups to brighten the holidays for our neighbors.
Members of the community can also participate by donating new, unwrapped items.
The non-clothing items most in need are toys for all ages such as Legos, cars and trucks, board games, picture books for young children, chapter books for older children, art and school supplies, sports equipment, sleeping bags for children, sports bags, bed and bath linens, blankets, fleece throws, and donated gift wrap.
The Southbury Police Department will hold its annual Toy Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday November 29, and Saturday, December 7, at the TJ Maxx storefront in Southbury Plaza 100 Main St. North.
Gifts may also be brought to the Southbury Police Station, 421 Main St. South between Friday, November 29, and Monday December 9.
The fund will accept monetary donations and checks may be sent to Southbury Needy Fund, P.O. Box 72, Southbury 06488.
The Southbury Needy Fund is a non-profit organization that operates on a year-round basis helping Southbury residents when there are no other resources available and helps community children participate in school-sponsored trips, after-school care, and summer programs.
Throughout the year, the fund also provides emergency financial assistance to families and individuals faced with utility shut-offs, unexpected medical or insurance bills, home repairs, and housing expenses.
All fund work is done by volunteers.