Junior Women’s Club donates $5,000 to Sandy relief fund

The Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield will present a $5,000 check to First Selectman Mike Tetreau for the Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund at his office on Friday, March 8, at 2 p.m.

Last December, the club held its signature fund-raiser, “A Visit to Santa’s House,” at The Burr Homestead. Typically, the proceeds of this fund-raiser are earmarked for the club’s selected charitable partner, which for the second year, was The Thomas Merton Family Center in Bridgeport. However, after Storm Sandy, which impacted some of the club’s members, a decision was made by the club’s Executive Board to also give a portion of the proceeds to the Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund.

Santa House chairs Linda Cronin-McCloat, Meghan McCloat and Tina Poff will attend Friday’s check presentation, as well as Cheryl Eustace, sponsorship co-chair, and Marlene Battista, president and sponsorship co-chair.

“We look forward to this check presentation and are so thrilled that we are able to give back to our friends and neighbors in our backyard who are still putting their lives and homes back together after such a devastating storm,” Battista said.

“The town is deeply grateful to the Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield for its generous donation which will help make a positive difference for our neighbors who were adversely affected by Storm Sandy,” Tetreau said. “The town is very appreciative of all of the meaningful contributions this dynamic club has given to our community over the years.”

Last November, the town of Fairfield and Operation Hope created a Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund to provide disaster relief for Fairfield residents affected by Storm Sandy. A committee of concerned citizens and representatives from the town was established to review and approve applications for financial assistance. To date, the fund has raised more than $100,000 due to donors who have stepped forward to help the Fairfield community.

The Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund is still accepting applications for assistance and charitable tax deductible contributions for distribution to Fairfield residents who have been impacted by Storm Sandy. Funds have been disbursed to assist residents with immediate needs not covered by insurance or FEMA and have included items like replacement appliances, clothing, basement clean- up, mold remediation and new mattresses and box springs.

For more information about the Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund, call Operation Hope at 203-292-5588.

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