To the Editor:

On behalf of The Community Fund of Darien, we want to express our sincere thanks to those local businesses and residents who made the first annual #GivingTuesday “Most Generous Town” contest with our friends at the New Canaan Foundation a tremendous success.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. This year, The Community Fund of Darien and the New Canaan Community Foundation used the friendly rivalry that already exists between the two towns as an incentive for residents to give generously. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to our New Canaan neighbors for being good sports in what we hope will become an annual event.

Your support and the support of our local businesses allows us to help our community by funding critical local needs such as mental health, homelessness, hunger, academic achievement for at-risk youth, domestic violence, substance abuse, and more! Please visit our website to learn more about the work we do:

Carrie Bernier, executive director

The Community Fund of Darien

To the Editor:

The holidays are a time to surround yourself with family and friends, eat seasonal treats, and toast to what’s to come. Help keep the celebrations going and #GiveADamn about the safety of your family, friends and community this holiday season.

If you choose to celebrate the holidays with a “cheers,” always remember to drink responsibly and plan ahead to use a rideshare service, designated driver, or public transportation to get to and from your destination safely.

Drunk driving is 100 percent preventable and it’s up to you to do your part this holiday season to keep our roads safe. That’s why we’re joining Budweiser to celebrate the holidays by reminding everyone to plan ahead for a safe ride home from his or her holiday celebrations. Over the past 35 years, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesaler partners have invested more than $1 billion in the United States to promote alcohol responsibility and reduce drunk driving, and we are looking forward to continuing this effort through 2018 and beyond.

From everyone at Dichello Distributors, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!

Tonty Lota, alcohol awareness coordinator

Dichello Distributors Inc., Orange