Holiday store preparing to open

WILTON – The annual Community Christmas Store, which offers assistance to residents of Wilton and Lyndeborough in need during the holidays, will be open Friday from 6-8 p.m., and Saturday from 9-11 a.m., at the Second Congregational Parish House.

The store, which was formally begun some 30 years ago by the Rev. Gerald Scribner of the Second Congregational Church, provides food, including a voucher for a turkey, toys and gifts for those in need of help.

“The program was actually begun before that by the school nurses,” said Betty Stevens of Lyndeborough, who was a nurse in the Wilton schools during the 1960s and ’70s. “School nurses tend to know what families are in need.”

Stevens said Scribner used to deliver food to families, and thought it would be easier for people to go to the church and pick out what they needed. Collection boxes for new toys are at Putnam’s Clothing Store and in the lobby of Sovereign Bank, Stevens said.

The store is run by volunteers, including a number of high school students who help set up and also pack the 20 or so Christmas dinners.

For more information, call Stevens at 654-2741.