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Children’s Toy Drives

Toy Drive

I threw out a pile of donation solicitations the other day. Depleted, I reasoned, were my charity and finances. Then I fired up the internet and bought myself a new pair of earrings. 

And so the cycle of guilt continues.

For the price of the pair of earrings I now plan to return, you can buy several lovely Christmas gifts for children in need. Below are many wonderful organizations eager to help out those less fortunate this holiday season:

Please hurry!

They all accept unwrapped toys or gift cards.

Holiday Toy Drive, Westport
Drop off new unwrapped toys and donations in the parking lot of Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East, Westport, on Dec. 18 & 19 between 9 AM and 3 PM. Toys are given to underprivileged children in Fairfield County. Or drop off toys any time at the Westport Police Department, 50 Jesup Road, until Dec. 19 at 3 PM. Toy Drive is sponsored by WPD Local Union #2080 and Police Benevolent Assoc.

The Child and Family Guidance Center*, Bridgeport
(203) 394-6529
Founded in 1925 to address the emotional and psychological wellbeing of children and their families, the Center offers a wide range of outpatient mental health and substance abuse counseling services for children under the age of 18 as well as a variety of in-home supportive services to their families.

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Give     Darien     Fairfield     Greenwich     New Canaan     Norwalk     Stamford     Weston     Westport     Wilton    
Friday, December 17, 2010 • Permalink

Chou Chou

Chou Chou, Wilton

21 River Road, Wilton

Chou Chou, directly translated, means “Cabbage Cabbage.” In France this is a term of endearment. In America it’s an insult. A cabbage is a rotund vegetable, largely overlooked stateside and, frankly, not very charming. But I’m not a big fan of tripe, either, and the French seem to gobble it up like it’s pepperoni pizza. So who am I to judge?

Which has little to do with Chou Chou the store except that it’s named after the brassica oleracea. No one seems to care, though, as it attracts teen girls and their teen-sized moms like flies to chou. Squeals of delight and “Oh, you look soooooo great in that dress!” abound while you navigate your way around piles of metallic Jack Rogers sandals, Longchamp bags, colorful dresses, workout clothes, glass cases sparkling with jewelry, and other fabulous, affordable goodies.

Robin’s note: They now carry Hunter Boots “for wide calves.” For no particular reason, this just struck me as funny.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Teens and their moms.

Their specialty: Shoes, from Cole Haan to Geox.

What you should buy: Inexpensive, fun sundresses.

What you may not know but should:
If you’re not quite teen-sized, but wish you were, there’s a rack of Spanx in the back.

Fashion     Wilton    
Thursday, May 27, 2010 • Permalink


2420 Post Road, Darien
841 Old Post Road, Fairfield
50 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
564 South Avenue, New Canaan
370 West Avenue, Norwalk
909 Washington Boulevard, Stamford
59 Post Road East, Westport
404 Danbury Road, Wilton

Robin’s note: The personnel at the Westport Y are thoughtful, helpful, and committed. I’ve had many positive experiences with them for my own children and Fresh Air Fund children.

Who they are: “The… Y is dedicated to building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities, while promoting healthy lifestyles through camps, swim lessons, gymnastics, sports, and childcare. [They] emphasize caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in [their] programs and services.”—http://www.westportymca.org

What they provide: The Y offers scholarships and financial assistance for families and individuals with needs and/or financial constraints. Further, the Y’s programs are offered to all members of the community regardless of their ability to pay for membership or programs.

Approximate number of employees: Differs

Biggest fundraising efforts:
From Golf Classics to Annual Galas, benefits differ according to location.


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Tuesday, January 19, 2010 • Permalink

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