The Junior Women's Club of Fairfield has donated $10,000 to the Thomas Merton Family Center in Bridgeport, representing part of the club's proceeds from its annual "A Visit to Santa's House" fundraiser at the Burr Homestead in December, the club announced.
The Merton Center provides high-risk families with food, clothing, and parental and educational support.
Earlier this month, the Junior Women's Club donated $5,000 in "Santa's House" proceeds to the Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund.
Each year, the club identifies a charitable partner to receive proceeds from its holiday event at the Burr Homestead, and last year it donated $17,000 to the Merton Center, which is operated by Catholic Charities of Fairfield County.
In the wake of Sandy's destruction in Fairfield in the fall, the club this year decided to divert some of the proceeds to local storm relief.
"We are very grateful for the support from the Junior Women's Club these past two years, especially since we knew there were other pressing needs they wanted to address this year," Mark Grasso, vice president of Catholic Charities, said in a news release.
Club members have volunteered at the center, taken up collections for diapers, school supplies and "birthday bags" for children who use the facility, and hosted families at "Santa's House," the release said.
The annual fundraising event has become a favorite with Fairfield youngsters, who can meet with the jolly old elf, visit Mrs. Claus' kitchen for snacks, and participate in games.