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Coldwell Banker Agents Organize Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Charlene Chiang-Hillman, Weston’s Director of Social Services, Jeff Wieser, President & CEO of Homes for Hope, and Coldwell Banker agent Gail Lilley Zawacki. Photo Credit: Contributed
Coldwell Banker Westport Realtors and broker, Lisa Passavant. Photo Credit: Contributed
Jeff Wieser, Charlene Chiang-Hillman, broker Lisa Passavant, Gail Zawacki and agent Nancy Hatfield. Photo Credit: Contributed
The ninth annual Thanksgiving food drive by Coldwell Banker agents in Westport and Weston began on November 1. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The ninth annual Thanksgiving food drive by Coldwell Banker agents in Westport and Weston began on Nov. 1.

The drive, which provides families in need with a Thanksgiving dinner, is made possible through contributions to the Weston Food Pantry and the Homes for Hope in Westport.

Each year local families rely upon the services of these organizations for their Thanksgiving meals. That's why Coldwell Banker agents are helping out. The success of this drive, and others like it, depend greatly on the generosity of community members and neighbors throughout Weston and Westport.

"We are so appreciative that Coldwell agents continue to collect gift cards each year for the Thanksgiving holiday. It is so generous and so meaningful to our clients." Jeff Wieser, President & CEO of Homes for Hope.

In the past, grocery bags were filled and delivered, but due to dietary restrictions and other special needs, grocery store gift cards have been determined to be more beneficial. Suggested gift card amounts are encouraged between $30 - $50, but any value is appreciated.

The Weston department of Social Services provides Thanksgiving baskets or cooked dinners to over 50 families in our town. "Many of these families are small business owners who have been struggling some the economic downturn in 2009," said Charlene Chiang-Hillman, Weston’s Director of Social Services. "Others are families who have lost jobs or seniors who are trying to survive on a fixed income. The generosity of their friends and neighbors is so greatly appreciated. Please help us give these families a happy holiday.”

Donations from the public are welcome, and can be dropped off at the Coldwell Banker office at 472 Riverside Avenue through Wednesday, November 16. The office will be open to receive donations Monday through Sunday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and the cards will be delivered on Thursday, November 17.

We can all make a difference, one by one.

For more information and questions please contact Gail Lilley Zawacki at (203) 856-9949 or, or Nancy Hatfield at (203) 895-2994 or

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