To the Editor:

Thanks to the enormous generosity of so many in the community, 700 families enjoyed a bountiful meal on Thanksgiving Day that included turkey, stuffing, gravy, fresh produce, canned goods and desserts.

Individuals, businesses, churches, organizations and schools donated turkeys, stuffing mix, supermarket gift cards, reusable grocery bags and more.

Because of this generosity — from the Girl Scout troops that accepted the “Instant Potatoes Challenge” and collected 500 boxes, to the young woman who raised money and purchased 200 aluminum roasting pans, to the companies that organized food drives, and the postal workers who picked up grocery bags filled with donated food — Person-to-Person utilized community resources to feed our neighbors.

And the turkey and fixings were sorted, bagged and distributed by corporate volunteers and elected officials.

So, thank you to everyone who made a difference in the lives of 700 families. You truly are Thanksgiving all-stars.

Darien donors: Abby Reber; Ballet Etudes Company; Darien Girl Scouts; Darien High School band; Hindley Elementary School; Middlesex Middle School; New Canaan Congregational Church; New Canaan High School Service League of Boys (SLOBs); Noroton Presbyterian Nursery School; Pepperidge Farm; Royle Elementary School Kids Care Club; Saint Luke’s Parish School; Stop & Shop Noroton Heights; and Walter Stewart’s Market.

Darien volunteers: Deloitte; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; MAV Foundation; and Point72.

Norwalk donors: Betsy Bianco (a P2P volunteer); Campbell Soup Company; Christ and Holy Trinity Church; Church of the Good Shepherd; Community Baptist Church; Cornerstone Community Church; Cranbury Elementary School; CT RoughRiders Hockey Club; DATTO Inc.; Discovery Capital Management; FEMA Grant; Goodwill Industries; Jean Kaiser (a P2P volunteer); Marcus Partners; Merritt 7; Norwalk Packers Youth Cheerleading; Parkway Assembly of God; Pepperidge Farm; Saint Joseph Church; Sheffield SoNo Apartments; Stew Leonard’s; Stop & Shop Norwalk; UBM; Wilton Postal Food Drive; Word Alive Bible Church; and Zion’s Hill Preschool.

Norwalk volunteers: DATTO Inc.; FactSet; Tauck; U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy; state Sen. Bob Duff; state Rep. Gail Lavielle; state Rep. Fred Wilms; state Rep. Terrie Wood; and Mayor Harry R. Rilling.

With the support of the community, P2P helps our neighbors in need.

Ceci Maher

Person-to-Person executive director

To the Editor:

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks

Everyone’s dressed in Canada Goose parkas

In the air, there should be a feeling of remorse.

Why? Because Canada Goose clothing company is not only trapping and killing coyotes to make its $900-$1,695 parkas and coats, it’s trapping customers with its lies about its “ethical” use of animals and profiting greatly from it.

In Fairfield County, the unoriginal, uniform-like parkas have become ubiquitous. The Toronto-based company claims it’s doing a public service by slaughtering coyotes, asserting that in many parts of North America coyotes are considered pests. But coyotes are not pests. They are intelligent, social and emotional creatures, not to mention close relatives of our beloved canine pets.

In addition to putting ghastly coyote collars on its garments, which are sold in Fairfield County at Darien Sport Shop, Saks Fifth Ave. in Greenwich, Mitchell’s of Westport and Richard’s in Greenwich, Canada Goose fills them with down and misleads customers by touting its “Canada Goose Down Transparency Standard,” which would have the public believe it cares about geese and ducks because its down is a by-product from the poultry industry and not from live-plucked or force-fed birds. To process living, feeling birds into food the poultry industry relies on high-volume production, with birds treated the way companies would handle any object in an assembly line. Producers often mutilate animals to make them easier to manage in a group.

The truth is, Canada Goose is getting away with murder. No amount of “standards” can ever prevent the animal cruelty inherent in the poultry and trapping industries.

There are plenty of cold-weather materials that are just as warm as a Canada Goose jacket, but without the cruelty.

Priscilla Feral

Editor’s note: Feral is the president of Friends of Animals, a Darien-headquartered nonprofit international animal advocacy organization.

Of all the wrongdoings politicians have been accused of, I should think Salvation Army bell-ringing would never be one.

I believe if more politicians spent time in such charitable activities Connecticut would be a better place.

I also think the “Freedom from Religion” group should change its name to “Freedom from Reason.”

Paul Hunter