Christmas Comes Early for Many in Greenwich, Thanks to CCI

By Tyler Sizemore for Greenwich Time


GREENWICH - To keep up the spirit of the holidays, Community Centers Inc. made the rounds of the community and handed out gifts, meals and poinsettias.


Children received gifts that had been donated by members of Round Hill Community Church via a Target gift registry, as well as clothing from Saks Fifth Avenue, and gift cards from Greenwich United Way.


CCI gave out holiday gifts to 60 local children, and hot meals and poinsettias to 85 local seniors. Many of the recipients live in the Wilbur Peck Court public housing complex in Greenwich. St. Roch Church in the Chickahominy section of town helped with the hot meals.

A Greenwich-based social service agency dedicated to building skills that empower clients to overcome educational, social, and economic barriers, CCI said it was dedicated to keeping the holiday a happy one despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Volunteers Elaine Baryn, left, and Jeanna Gachelin, both of Greenwich, bag up hot meals to be delivered to local seniors from St. Roch Church in the Chickahominy section of Greenwich, Conn. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Community Centers Inc. handed out holiday gifts to 60 local children and hot meals and poinsettias to 85 local seniors. Children received gifts from donation at Round Hill Community Church via a Target gift registry, as well as clothing from Saks Fifth Avenue, and gift cards from Greenwich United Way. Photo by Tyler Sizemore for Hearst Connecticut Media.


Volunteer Tara Restieri, of Greenwich, carries bagged hot meals to be delivered to local seniors from St. Roch Church in the Chickahominy section of Greenwich, Conn. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Community Centers Inc. handed out holiday gifts to 60 local children and hot meals and poinsettias to 85 local seniors. Children received gifts from donation at Round Hill Community Church via a Target gift registry, as well as clothing from Saks Fifth Avenue, and gift cards from Greenwich United Way. Photo by Tyler Sizemore for Hearst Connecticut Media.


CCI social worker Vanessa Cardinal and CCI social work intern Rob Horn distribute holiday gifts to children at the Wilbur Peck Court public housing complex in Greenwich, Conn. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Community Centers Inc. handed out holiday gifts to 60 local children and hot meals and poinsettias to 85 local seniors. Children received gifts from donation at Round Hill Community Church via a Target gift registry, as well as clothing from Saks Fifth Avenue, and gift cards from Greenwich United Way. Photo by Tyler Sizemore for Hearst Connecticut Media.


CCI social worker Vanessa Cardinal and CCI social work intern Rob Horn distribute holiday gifts to children at the Wilbur Peck Court public housing complex in Greenwich, Conn. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Community Centers Inc. handed out holiday gifts to 60 local children and hot meals and poinsettias to 85 local seniors. Children received gifts from donation at Round Hill Community Church via a Target gift registry, as well as clothing from Saks Fifth Avenue, and gift cards from Greenwich United Way. Photo by Tyler Sizemore for Hearst Connecticut Media.


CCI social worker Vanessa Cardinal delivers holiday gifts to India Acosta, 15, and her two younger siblings at the Wilbur Peck Court public housing complex in Greenwich, Conn. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Community Centers Inc. handed out holiday gifts to 60 local children and hot meals and poinsettias to 85 local seniors. Children received gifts from donation at Round Hill Community Church via a Target gift registry, as well as clothing from Saks Fifth Avenue, and gift cards from Greenwich United Way. Photo by Tyler Sizemore for Hearst Connecticut Media.