Annual event brought together volunteers to bring essential items and holiday merriment to more than 1,000 neighbors in need
Grace Farms welcomed more than 200 people to participate in Gifting for Good, its annual event to give back to others during the holiday season. With the help of Grace Farms’ neighbors in New Canaan and beyond, volunteers filled 1,004 backpacks with socks, toiletries, gloves, books, games, and food staples for pre-school, middle school, and high school students in need. Grace Farms Foundation partnered with Filling in the Blanks, a not-for-profit helping Connecticut families experiencing food insecurity, for Gifting for Good. Over the next week, dozens of volunteers will help deliver these backpacks through Filling in the Blanks to 32 schools and service providers around Fairfield County. The community event took place on Friday, December 9.
“At Grace Farms, we believe that positive change is made when we build and sustain our communities, and we are grateful to work alongside our partners in this work,” said Grace Farms Foundation’s Community Initiative Director Karen Kariuki. “Gifting for Good shows the power of what our community can accomplish when it comes together to advance good.”
Gifting for Good is a part of Grace Farms’ Season of Light holiday programming. Throughout the remainder of the month, visitors are invited to enjoy Songs of the Season, performed by local musicians in our Sanctuary and may also select a card from the Giving Tree, and provide gifts for recently resettled refugees and trafficking survivors, distributed in partnership with Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI).