Editorial: Paying it forward

From the Boys and Girls Club’s scholarship program to the historical society’s archives, to the Norwalk River Valley Trail’s “Ridgefield Ramble” — nobody had a busier week than the volunteers at the Ridgefield Thrift Shop, who have been disbursing $500,000 in grants to 71 local organizations since March 12.
Beyond the trails, the club, and the historical archives, the Thrift Shop’s gifts will go toward funding a new scoreboard at Ridgefield High School’s stadium complex, Tiger Hollow. They will support construction of the Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center’s new visitors center on Main Street. They will purchase a new transportation vehicle for SPHERE. And they will also provide enhanced dressing rooms for actors changing outfits at the ACT of Connecticut.
Other beneficiaries included The Molly Ann Tango Memorial Foundation, the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Animals in Distress, the RVNA, Dorothy Day House, Rides for Ridgefield, Garden and Conservation Trust, Americares, Thrownstone Theater, the Caudatowa Garden Club, Ridgefield Library, Family and Children’s Aid, Founders Hall, the Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield Conservation Commission, and Ann’s Place.
The Thrift Shop’s grant selection committee said the recipients were broken into seven categories — arts and culture, community outreach, community services, health, nature and conservation, seniors, and youth.
The diversity of the gift giving — and the reactions around the community — is displayed on page A12. There are even more pictures on The Press website, and we’ll continue to print others as they turn up in the weeks to come. It’s not easy to take 71 pictures around town in seven days, but the Thrift Shop certainly tried to make it a reality.
The effort of the volunteers is to be applauded. Not only for getting the funds to the respective organization in such a timely fashion, but for dedicating hundreds of hours to serve such an outstanding nonprofit.
When a group this generous pays it forward in such magnitude, everybody wins.