Middlebury — For the second year in a row, brother and sister Luke and Sofia Daddona celebrated their birthdays by asking for donations to United Way of Greater Waterbury in lieu of presents.
The idea came about last year when Luke asked his Mother, Marisa Daddona why St. Jude’s Hospital had sent a mailer to their house. Ms. Daddona explained that for their wedding, they donated the money they would have traditionally spent on wedding favors for guests to the non-profit in their name. The conversation sparked an idea, followed by action, as the children decided to use their birthdays as way to help local people in need.
After the success of their efforts last year where they raised nearly $900, the children wanted to see if they could do even better in order to help more people. This year they raised over $1,000, presenting a check to the United Way Board of Directors December 11th, to invest in the Community Care Fund, which will specifically impact those in need residing in the ten-town Greater Waterbury area.
The mission of United Way of Greater Waterbury is to maximize community resources to help people in need in the ten-town Greater Waterbury area.
Established in 1942, United Way of Greater Waterbury is a leader in facilitating the identification of regional needs and supporting solutions across the areas of education, income and basic needs.