For over 15 years, the Garden Club of Darien has put their creative floral talents to work by creating holiday arrangements for the recipients of Catholic Charities’ Meals on Wheels of Lower Fairfield County program.

As part of an annual project dubbed “The Holiday Greens Workshop,” more than 60 busy elves with green thumbs get together in early December at the Darien Boy Scouts Cabin to put together the cheery arrangements. The club assembles the greenery, tiny ornaments, shimmery wire ribbon and other festive “bling” to magically produce 300 table top designs for the elderly homebound. The holiday gifts are delivered the next day by the drivers of MoW.

Why do the ladies take the time and effort to do this? Betsy Becker, co-chairmen with Tracy Drippé of the holiday greens workshop, explained it this way: “As one of our major outreach initiatives of the year, it’s a gift back to our community.”

Catholic Charities senior nutrition program (SNP) includes Meals on Wheels of Lower Fairfield County home delivery plus Community Café congregate meal sites for the elderly. The senior nutrition program serves over 400 meals a day to clients. To donate to the program, contact Bob Donahue at 203-416-1331 or