Fifty-one years ago the Wallingford Holiday for Giving Program was founded. It began as a coalition between the Welfare Department and the VNA to help low-income Wallingford families enjoy the holiday season. The first year they provided for 15 families. During the first ten years Holiday for Giving had many homes including: 16 Center St. (without heat), RR Station, SCOW on South Cherry St., an old liquor store at Center & Meadow and Eastside Square (again no heat). In 1978 the program re-located to the Wallingford Grange Hall, a home with heat and plenty of space to accept donations and make distribution easier. At this time the program had grown to servicing 150 families with food and toys. We enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Grange for 32 years, but in 2010 the program had grown to servicing over 400 Wallingford families. We again looked for a new home. In 2010 we began operating out of the Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department; they have proven to be the perfect home and provide us with all the space we need as well as support of our program and volunteers.
The Holiday for Giving Program is a community organization run by volunteers; it functions solely on donations from individuals, organizations and local businesses. Your donations are given directly back to those in need in the Wallingford Community. The core committee of 15 volunteers meet during the year to plan the December give-aways.
We receive In-Kind support services from the Wallingford Youth & Social Services, the Public Works Department, and the Fire Departments.
There is a true pooling of resources of volunteers, organizations, clubs, corporations, small businesses and individuals. With the dedication of time, donated goods and monetary donations from all these groups combined, we are able to provide hundreds of Wallingford families with a little "Holiday Magic".
We hope you will help us create some "Holiday Magic" this season.
How you can help us create "Holiday Magic"
Fundraising events can be held during the year for Holiday for Giving donations. We will be happy to store items collected from your event. Monetary donations are accepted all year long and can be sent to Holiday for Giving, P.O. Box 1612, Wallingford, CT 06492.
Make a monetary donation
Donate a new toy for children 1-7 years old, boy or girl
Donate non-perishable food items
Donate personal hygiene items
Donate Gift Cards (increments of $20 or less per card) from: East Center Market, Holiday Cinema (Wallingford), Kohl's, Marshall's, Shop Rite, Aldi's, WalMart or Stop & Shop
To get the most for our money and to help meet the needs of our families, we would greatly appreciate monetary donations by November 1st. Doing so will help us plan our budget more effectively, allowing us to get the most for our money by purchasing sale items; ultimately helping us meet the needs of our families facing hardships.
Helping to spread some "Holiday Magic" to our Wallingford neighbors in need this Holiday season!
To provide Wallingford families, facing hardships, with food on their tables, smiles on their children's faces and joy in their hearts for providing a little "Holiday Magic" in their Holiday Season.