years ago the Wallingford Holiday for Giving Program was founded. It began as a coalition between the Welfare
Department and the VNA to help low-income Wallingford families enjoy the
holiday season. The first year they
provided for 15 families. During the first
ten years Holiday for Giving had many homes including: 16 Center St. (without
heat), RR Station, SCOW on South Cherry St., an old liquor store at Center
& Meadow and Eastside Square (again no heat). In 1978 the program re-located to the
Wallingford Grange Hall, a home with heat and plenty of space to accept
donations and make distribution easier.
At this time the program had grown to servicing 150 families with food
and toys. We enjoyed a wonderful
relationship with the Grange for 32 years, but in 2010 the program had grown to
servicing over 400 Wallingford families. We again looked for a new home. In 2010 we began operating out of the
Wallingford Parks and Rec Department; they have proven to be the perfect home
and provide us with all the space we need as well as support of our program and
The Holiday for Giving Program is a community organization run by volunteers; it functions solely on donations from individuals, organizations and local businesses. Your donations are given directly back to those in need in the Wallingford Community. The core committee of 15 volunteers meet during the year to plan the December give-aways.
We operate with the co-operative effort of many organizations including the Yalesville Volunteer Fire Department, Peer Advocate and National Honor Society members from Lyman Hall and Sheehan, Student Government of Moran, Dag Builder's Club, students, teachers, and administrators in all the town schools, the Wallingford Public Library and the Town of Wallingford employees.
We receive support services from the Wallingford Youth & Social Services, the Public Works Department, and all the Fire Departments.
There is a true pooling of resources of volunteers, organizations, clubs, corporations, small businesses and individuals. With the dedication of time, donated goods and monetary donations from all these groups combined, we are able to provide hundreds of Wallingford families with a little "Holiday Magic".
We hope you will help us create some "Holiday Magic" this season.
Holiday for Giving Website sponsored by:
Adamo's Garage and Sheldon-Hutchinson Insurance, Inc.