Thursday, November 10, 2011

Festival of Trees, craft fair slated at Wesley Village

SHELTON - The annual Festival of Trees will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20 at Wesley Village, 580 Long Hill Ave.
The Festival of Trees benefits TEAM’s Valley Interfaith Caregivers program, a network of volunteers who provide support services and companionship to residents 60 and older and disabled people of any age.
Service area includes Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford  Seymour, and Shelton.
Interfaith volunteers visit residents, as well as check in by phone, drive them to medical appointments,  shop, do light housework and cooking, yard work, minor home repairs, and help with paperwork. Volunteers also refer residents to community resources and services.
The program allows seniors and people with disabilities to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. All services are free and are rendered regardless of income, religion and age of a person living with a disability.
Last year, Festival of Trees raised $6,000 for the Caregivers program. Donors provided 21 beautifully decorated trees and seven wreaths that were won by visitors.
Visitors buy raffle tickets and drop the tickets in boxes in front of the tree they hope to win.Visitors also will be able to buy holiday items at the Wesley Village Crafts Fair while admiring the trees and wreaths donated to Festival of Trees.

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