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Greenwich teens organize toy drive to give gifts to children hospitalized during the holidays



For children who have health problems or whose families are struggling financially, the holiday season can be a difficult time.

Members of the Torch Club and Keystone Club of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich have sought to help these children in need. They have collected hundreds of toys to give as gifts to children admitted to Greenwich Hospital or receiving services from Family Centers, Kids in Crisis and Inspirica.

Club members held a new toy drive from November 8 to December 13, collecting 75 girls ‘toys, 85 boys’ toys, 100 board games and 70 stuffed animals. In addition, 700 candy canes were donated for a little more holiday cheer.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of these students at Greenwich High School,” said Magaly Olivero, public relations coordinator at Greenwich Hospital. “The toys will lift the spirits of the children in our emergency department and pediatric unit during the holiday season. “

Paige Pray, a student at Greenwich High School, started collecting toys when she was a middle school student at Stanwich School. The program took a year off last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“She pursued her passion for making sure sick children in Greenwich Hospital have toys for Christmas,” said Lisa Jones, Pray’s mother. As the effort grew, she introduced her peers from Torch and Keystone clubs to the Boys & Girls Club, where she is vice president, so they could get more toys donated by the community. “

As one of the leaders of the effort, Pray delivered the gifts to the hospital along with fellow students Marissa Aceituno, Damarys Aceituno, Ava Galley, Shayla Melo, and Scott Kaplan.

The Torch Club is a leadership club for boys and girls ages 11-13 that focuses on four areas: club and community service; education; health; and fitness and social recreation.

The Keystone Club caters to boys and girls ages 14-18 and focuses on academic success, career preparation and community service.


Staying up to date on vaccinations is the best defense against the surge in new COVID-19 cases, experts say.

The city’s Department of Health is running a clinic offering the Moderna COVID-19 booster from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on January 5 and 12 at Greenwich Town Hall.

Appointments, which are mandatory, are limited. Walk-ins will not be allowed. Participants must bring proof of vaccination and photo ID.

Appointments should be made through the Federal Immunization Administration Management System by visiting www.cdc.gov and selecting the COVID-19 vaccine and booster dose when prompted.

The town clinic is for adults 18 years and older who have received their two-shot series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the booster can be given two months after the initial J&J vaccine and six months or more after the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

The clinic will not offer flu shots and will not offer the first or second dose of Moderna vaccine.

The booster offered will be Moderna vaccine, which can be used as a booster with any of the original vaccines.

Masks are compulsory at the town hall and at the vaccination clinic area. The clinic is open to residents and non-residents.

Greenwich Center

Finance Champions, a program that teaches college students how to earn, save and spend money wisely, ended its fifth class on December 2.

The program, which is run by the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, is taught by volunteers from Greenwich United Way.

To celebrate their graduation ceremony, Finance Champions hosted a special showcase in which students presented their personal presentations on “the valuable life skills they have acquired through this impactful program,” Greenwich United Way said in a statement. . The students also organized a holiday gift sale.

“Finance Champion students recognize that it is never too early to put money aside to make college a reality,” the Greenwich United Way said in a statement.

The lesson partnered with the members’ credit union to deliver the first Finance Champions College savings accounts. The Boys & Girls Club and the Greenwich United Way matched donations to help nearly a dozen students open their own bank accounts.

“We are excited to help Finance Champion students achieve their college savings goals and future potential. It will be very exciting to see these funds grow with regular deposits, planning and generous matches to accelerate the achievement of their savings goals which ultimately fuel their academic success, ”said David Rabin, CEO of Greenwich United Way.

To learn more about the program or to volunteer, email Cécile Meunier, Program Coordinator, at [email protected]


Jim Daly, a renowned executive and career transition coach, will discuss career growth in an interactive session with St. Catherine’s Support Circle.

Daly is expected to speak from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on January 13 via Zoom. It will explain how to best engage with career champions – those who can hire, promote or enable career growth.

The event will explore three actions for a more successful job search: assessing challenges and opportunities; clarify your value proposition; and deliver an aligned message.

“It will be a stimulating and inspiring interactive session with take out food that you can implement immediately,” according to a statement from the Circle of Support.

An RSVP is required by January 10 by emailing Chris Brugo at [email protected]

Daly is the Founder of Janus Coaching and has been Director of Human Resources for several companies and has held HR leadership positions at several Fortune 500 companies. He is a Certified Executive Coach with Columbia University and co-founded the group. Daly for HR leaders in transition.

St. Catherine’s Church in Siena on Riverside Avenue formed the Circle of Support in 2009 to support job seekers in a difficult economic environment. For more information visit www.stcath.org.

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