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Girl Scouts collect over 650 coats

Pictured are coat collectors Hannah Rapaglia, Sonia Goswami, Lizzie Lordi, Jennie Brian, Alexandra Salazar, Claire Ward, Taylor Arnold, Georgie Wood, and Leah Giordano. The troop is led by Mimi Wood and Patrice Lordi.

Ridgefield Girl Scout Troop 51091, for the second year in a row, was instrumental in ensuring that the coat drive accompanying the Santa’s Workshop at the Dorothy Day House in Danbury was a huge success.

Through community outreach, the Scouts collected more than 650 winter coats and 1,000-plus scarves, hats and gloves. The girls spent countless hours marketing, retrieving and sorting the donations in preparation for the big event.

Santa’s Workshop is an annual “one day” event, led by volunteer Mary Korin, that allows more than 800 neighborhood children, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to do so, to visit Santa in his workshop and select a very special Christmas gift.

Before visiting with Santa, families were invited to the outerwear area to select gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves for their family.

Troop 51091 members were on hand to greet the families and assist in the selection process.

The troop would like to especially thank the following organizations for helping them to amass donations: Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Ridgefield Physical Therapy, owned by Chuck Giordano, Ridgefield Recreation Center, St. Mary’s, and the Twin Ridge Homeowners’ Association.

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