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Open Doors in Norwalk distributes Thanksgiving baskets to families

Open Doors in Norwalk is distributing Thanksgiving turkey dinner baskets to over 250 local families. Volunteers from the First Congregational Church of Darien were at Open Doors on Tuesday morning to help hand out turkeys and all the trimmings for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. Workers say the need for help …

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Turkey Trot co-chairs (L-R) Henry Hladick, Adelaide Tuff, Pia Bausman and Caroline Squillante

20th New Canaan Turkey Trot set for Sunday, November 19

One of the community’s best-loved annual events is set to return this weekend, with the 20th annual “New Canaan Turkey Trot” scheduled for the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19 (registration and details here). Co-chaired this year by four New Canaan High School juniors—Pia Bausman, Henry Hladick, Caroline Squillante and Adelaide Tuff—the Turkey Trot offers participants several options to participate in what is an important …

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Norwalk school supply donations offer ‘boost of confidence’ to students

Backpack drives across the city are providing relief to hundreds of families who may struggle with the cost of back-to-school shopping this fall. “Backpack and school supply donations are such a huge help because they help parents make sure their children are prepared for school and don’t feel like they have to go without, and …

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New Canaan HS junior founds Feeding 500 to address poverty in Fairfield County

“It’s awesome to see people going out of their way to help us,” Oliver Tuff, the 17-year-old president and founder of Feeding 500 said.  The organization’s name comes from the goal to have each of six teams of New Canaan High School students feed meals to 500 people.  Since its inception in early 2021, students …

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Students aim to feed thousands through New Canaan food drive

High school-aged students held a food drive Sunday in New Canaan to feed thousands of people in need across Fairfield County. The group Feeding 500 held the drive at Walter Stewart’s Market where they collected non-perishable food items for Open Doors, a housing and homeless organization. “We started with the original goal of feeding 500 …

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Open Doors team members distribute Thanksgiving meal baskets to the community

How Norwalk groups combat hunger this Thanksgiving

Open Doors was proud to distribute more than 225 Thanksgiving food baskets to low-income households in the community, including a turkey and all the fixings for the traditional Thanksgiving side dishes to be made at home.  Open Doors staff and volunteers also held Thanksgiving dinner at the Smilow Life Center so that people could celebrate …

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0684-Radi0 interview with Feeding 500 founder Oliver Tuff

This week on 0684-Radi0, NewCanaanite.com’s free podcast, they talk to New Canaan High School junior Oliver Tuff, founder and president of Feeding 500. Since its founding last year, Feeding 500 has drawn dozens of NCHS and Darien High School students who raise money for the food program at Open Doors in Norwalk. Upcoming events that the organization is supporting include food drives at NCHS …

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