Shout Outs

 

Shout Out to the Ice Cream Emergency

Thank you to the Ice Cream Emergency Southwest CT for providing free ice cream for our staff in honor of social worker appreciation month! We were delighted to be a part of your ribbon cutting ceremony.

Shout Out to Maddie and Katie

Big thanks to Maddie and Kate from Brookfield who took time from their school break to collect and donate art supplies for the kids at FCA!

Shout Out to Maura and Melanie McGuire

Shout out to Maura McGuire and her mom Melanie McGuire Maura took time from her February school break to collect children's books and donate them at Tazza Cafe Ridgefield. Tazza and Books on the Common are still collecting books for the kids at FCA. Suzanne Bellagamba Brennan Patty Williams Sumner thanks to everyone!

Shout Out to the NSBCares Team from Newtown Savings Bank

This Valentine's Day, our hearts are full of gratitude to the NSBCares Team from Newtown Savings Bank. NSBCares Team members are pictured here delivering valentines to the staff at our Extended Day Program for the kids we serve!

Shout Out to the Berkshire School

FCA's Extend after school program focuses on kids' behavioral health. A key component of good health is physical activity and play. Thank you to our friends from the Berkshire School who came to teach soccer skills to the kids at Extend.

Shout Out to Our Amazing Community

We were so pleased to see so many of our supporters the week before Christmas, making the holidays brighter here at FCA! Photos are of just some of our supporters - Charter Oak Brewing Company, Hey Ridgefield CT!, Nuvance Health Bethel Office, Vera Bradley, Ridgefield Academy, Dr. Guiliano's Office, Congregational Church of Redding, Genesis Health Care, and the Financial Aid office at Western Connecticut State University. We also want to thank the following for helping our kids at the holidays: Advanced Specialty Care, Artel Engineering, Cornwall School, Cheryl Manley, Esq., Noah's Ark Animal Hospital, New England Country Day School, Our Lady of the Lakes Church of New Milford, Ridgefield Moms, St. Elizabeth Seton Church of Ridgefield, St. Mary's Church of Bethel, St. Mary's Church of Ridgefield, St. Peter's Church of Danbury, St. Stephen's Church of Ridgefield, Texas Roadhouse, and Town Square Media.

Shout Out to the Candlewood East Marina

Our friends at Candlewood East Marina came to FCA before Christmas to deliver toys from their "Boatload of Toys" event - this was just a small representation of the goodies they brought. Thank you!

Shout Out to the Max Michael Rosenfield Foundation

The Max Michael Rosenfield Foundation continued its generosity to FCA during the holidays - and thanks also to the Toy Chest. You can check out the Foundation's Live Life to the Max baseball clinic coming up on January 26th here

Shout Out to the Danbury Volunteer Firefighters

Another successful toy drive by the Danbury Volunteer Firefighters - thank you for all your hours spent collecting gifts for the kids at FCA. We also want to thank Chick Fil A for donating food and our volunteers who carried, stacked and sorted! Happy holidays to all - you made things much brighter at FCA!

Shout Out to the Boeringher Ingelheim Clinical Operations Department

Boeringher Ingelheim Clinical Operations Department did a day of service at FCA this fall and after spending time with us decided to help out with a drive for toys, sporting goods and art supplies for our kids. We are so grateful!

Shout Out to the Ridgefield Knights of Columbus

Thank you to the Ridgefield Knights of Columbus for collecting donations for FCA while distributing hot cocoa to chilly visitors at the recent Holiday Stroll

Shout Out to the DiBiase Family

Thank you to the DiBiase family for inspiring their friends and family to give to the kids at FCA.

Shout Out to the Hudson Country Montessori School and a group from Western CT State University

Thank you to our friends at Hudson Country Montessori School and a group from Western CT State University for bringing toys.

Shout Out to Frank and Jenna

We have recently had our annual visits from Frank from Ethan Allen and Jenna from St. Joseph's School delivering coats. Thank you for your efforts to keep our community warm year after year.

Shout Out to Ridgefield Girl Scouts

Ridgefield Girl Scouts, led by Patty Labozzo and Jessica Collins, donated 30 complete Thanksgiving meals to families in need at FCA. We are so thankful for their effort for the 5th year in a row!

Shout Out to Barbara Carroll, DeAnna Schappert, and Sarah Kehoe

As part of their Thanksgiving celebration, Barbara Carroll, DeAnna Schappert, and Sarah Kehoe inspired their first graders at Farmingville Elementary School in Ridgefield to collect books for children at FCA. We are thankful for you!

Shout Out to the Knights of Columbus of Brookfield

We are so grateful to our friends at Knights of Columbus of Brookfield for their efforts of keeping kids warm every year.  The Knights of Columbus of Brookfield donated 80 coats for the kids in need.

Shout Out to Anjiali

Shout out to Anjali Duenwald of Redding, who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award project with Family & Children's Aid. Anjali collected donations of art supplies for our Extend after school behavioral health care program. She then set up a very organized system of do-it-yourself arts and crafts projects for Extend kids, which will foster creativity and healing!

Shout Out to the Western Connecticut State University

On September 20, Western Connecticut State University held its annual day of service, sending about 800 faculty, staff and students out into the Greater Danbury area. FCA hosted 15 volunteers from WCSU who restocked and organized our Harmony Station subway shops and Treasure Chest for our kids! Thank you for your hard work and helping us get ready for the fall season!

Shout Out to the Boehringer Ingelheim Clinical Operations Department

Thanks to this helpful crew, our Danbury campus looks refreshed, ready for fall, and welcoming to our kids and their families!

Shout Out to the Fairfield County Bank

Thank you Fairfield County Bank for your great effort for the kids at FCA! Click here to see the article

Shout Out to Amanda Cedeno, Kimberly Cedeno, family, friends, and Prudential co-workers

 

Big thank you to Amanda Cedeno, Kimberly Cedeno, family, friends, and Prudential co-workers for delivering over 100 stuffed backpacks and boxes of school supplies to FCA. For the fourth year in a row, they have gone above and beyond to help our kids get ready for back to school!

Shout Out to Wells Fargo

We are so grateful to our friends at Wells Fargo for collecting backpacks and other school supplies to help our kids get ready for back to school!

Shout Out to the Counseling Department at the Ridgefield High School

The Counseling Department at the Ridgefield High School went above and beyond for the kids in our community. They donated supplies to our Subway Station. The supplies are used to award the children for doing a good job in their clinical sessions. After the donations were dropped off they also participated in a therapeutic workshop that we provide to our clients. Thank you for your donations, but most of all, thank you for what you do for the children in our community!

Shout Out to the Union Savings Bank Finance and General Services Department

Thanks to the Union Savings Bank Finance and General Services Department employees for donating some backpacks, sports balls, board games and most especially their valuable time as they organized our subway station. We at FCA appreciate you and so do our kids!

Shout Out to Danbury Fair Chick-fil-A!

Maria and Rich from Chick-fil-A Danbury pose with Santa at the Danbury Volunteer Fire Department's "Big Toy Delivery" in December.

Rich Beattie, a father of three, brought Chick-Fil-A to the Danbury Fair Mall in 2014. Rich also brought with him the spirit of giving and fast found a connection with the mission of Family & Children's Aid. We are have been the proud and lucky beneficiary of Chick-fil-A Danbury's extraordinary kindness and generosity. Rarely is there ever an FCA event--either in the community or at FCA with hardworking volunteers--that Chick-fil-A hasn't offered to provide meals for everyone. Chick-fil-A's team of dedicated staff goes above and beyond to help our kids at FCA to meet their therapeutic goals as well. Who wouldn't want free Chick-fil-A as an incentive? We can't give a BIG ENOUGH SHOUT OUT to our partner, Chick-fil-A for all they have done, and continue to do!! Help us thank them by stopping by the Danbury Fair Mall and getting a delicious meal or having your next event/party/meeting/anything catered with them!! Visit here for menu options and location hours.

The Chick-fil-A Cow working the runway at FCA's Fall Family Fashion Show!

 

 

Shout Out to the Princess Ball!

The Princess Ball is a lovely evening for fathers and daughters. Held at the Ethan Allen Hotel for girls from Grades 1-8, a portion of all proceeds goes to help worthy charities in our community. The Princess Ball has been a wonderful supporter of Family & Children's Aid for years upon years, and we can't thank them enough for their continued support!

 

 

Shout Out to the Danbury Volunteer Fire Department and Five Below!

The dedication of our Danbury Volunteer Fire Department is already unquestionable, but their mission to help support kids in need in our community is proven again and again as they brave the cold to collect toys for Family & Children's Aid. With the closing of Toys R Us, we were all concerned as to where and how we could continue to provide gifts for the countless families served by FCA. Five Below has proven to be an outstanding partner, collecting toys all week long as well to help fill the trucks as soon as they show up on Friday nights! We can't thank these amazing people more! They are definitely our Holiday Heroes!

Playmaker Village at FCA's Danbury Child Guidance Center overflowing with holiday donations!

 

 

Shout Out to the Candlewood East Marina!

This holiday season marked the 11th Annual Boatload of Toys Toy Drive benefiting Family & Children's Aid at Candlewood East Marina. They achieved their goal in a big way to fill an entire boat with toys!! Big Shout Out to the Marina and their awesome team!! 

 

 

Shout Out to the DiBiase Family!

The DiBiase Family held their annual toy drive for Family & Children's Aid in honor of Lauren DiBiase and her love for children. Countless children have benefitted from their generosity and this special way to remember Lauren. 

 

 

Shout Out to Team FCA and Steve Gross, Life is Good Kids Foundation-Chief Playmaker!

Janet Murphy, Clinical Director and 20 Year-Award Recipient and Steve Gross, Chief Playmaker for the Life is Good Kids Foundation

On Friday, December 7th we held our annual Employee Recognition Luncheon in our Playmakers Village. Team FCA members received awards for their dedication starting at 5 years and going up to FORTY years! Steve Gross, Chief Playmaker from the Life is Good Kids Foundation gave an inspirational speech on the power of optimism. 

L-R: Jeff Spar, Co-Founder PeaceLove; Steve Gross, Chief Playmaker Life is Good Kids Foundation;
Dr. Irvin Jennings, FCA Executive & Medical Director
and 40 Year Award Recipient with FCA Team Members accepting his award