WILTON — The mission committee of the First Congregational Church will be hosting numerous events in April with all proceeds going to Ukrainian relief efforts.

On Sunday afternoon, March 27, Janine Winn of Temple was at the church to share experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, the impact the current situation is having on her and those she knows there, and possible ways to help.

Winn’s presentation may be viewed on the church’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/search/posts/?q=first%20congregational%20church%20of%20wilton.

There will be a grand re-opening of The Church Mouse Thrift Shop 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2. The shop, located in the church basement will then be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and Tuesday. All items available in the shop are by donation.

“There are tons of women’s clothes, we’re shifting from winter to spring and summer items,” committee member Pam Brown said Tuesday, March 29. “There are lovely children’s things, clothing and shoes.”

A large variety of kitchen “stuff” is stocked, she said. Should there be an emergency need for items – such as after a fire, call Brown at 645-2091.


“Please go through your attic and closets to see what you have and don’t need,” Dawn Girardin, committee chair said Wednesday.

Anyone wishing to donate items for the thrift shop may leave them on the covered porch at the church or call Brown.

A church member who wishes to remain anonymous will match all funds raised in the thrift shop during April.

A bake sale will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16. “There will be lots of goodies for Easter Sunday,” Girardin said.

From 5 p.m. until food runs out Saturday, April 30, a potluck supper is planned. Cooked ham will be included and there will be take-out or eat-at-the-church options, committee member Al Kaplan said Tuesday. Meals are by donation. To reserve meals call the church at 645-2535 or Girardin, 585-2130.

“We’re asking the community to pull together, we need to raise as much money as quickly as we can,” Girardin said. “We want to try to feed displaced people, the resistance fighters lacking resources.”

Research is underway to determine the best, fastest way to get the funds to those in need, she noted.

“I hope we can raise a lot of money,” Girardin said. “I am sick about this, really.”

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