Although the economy has improved slightly, people continue to struggle and about 5% of Darien residents live at or below the poverty level. Every year during the holidays, Darien Human Services provides toys, gifts, clothing and gift cards to these families and seniors in need. Help bring some joy to your neighbors this holiday season by visiting our Gingerbread Man Tree located in the lobby of Town Hall. It is decorated with colorful gingerbread men labeled with various gift ideas:

· Help with a family dinner! Give a gift card to Subway, Shake Shack or Chipotle.

· Help with a family dinner! Give a gift card to Heights, Bertucci’s or Post Corner.

· Give a gift of Joe-on-the Go! Give a gift card to Starbuck’s or Dunkin Donuts.

· Help a family in need! Donate a Visa, AMEX or MasterCard gift card.

· Help someone stay warm! Donate a gift card to Kohl’s or Old Navy.

· Help pay a utility bill! Make a monetary donation to Human Services.

· Something on the wish list? Donate an Amazon gift card.

· Donate a gift card to Sephora or Bath & Body Works.

· Help stock the cabinets! Give a gift card to Shoprite, Stop & Shop or Trader Joe’s.

· Spread holiday cheer! Give a gift card to CVS or Walgreens.

· Spread holiday cheer! Give a gift card to Target or Wal-Mart.

· Help someone get to work! Donate a gift card for a local gas station.

· Help a family facing hard times. Make a monetary donation to Human Services.

These gifts will directly benefit needy children, families, and seniors in town. Gifts cards can be dropped off at Darien Human Services in Town Hall Room 109. The office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:30pm. Stop by, take a gingerbread man (or 2) and help make someone’s wishes come true this holiday. Please call 203-656-7328 or contact dbarston@darienct.gov with any questions. Thank you for helping us help others!