STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Stamford opened its doors during the annual Stamford Heights & Lights event Dec. 6 in downtown.
Every year, the members of the congregation open up their English Gothic Style hall on the corner of Forest and Prospect streets for its "Cocoa Caper," where it serves homemade hot cocoa, cookies and cakes for the benefit of the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County
Attendees of the Heights & Lights filled the hall to support the food bank and join in holiday celebration with their neighbors.
"This is what we are all about," said the Rev. Dr. Frances Sink, minister of UUC. “We are about community, sharing, celebrating and helping. This is just one of the many events we hold throughout the year to promote community within our city. "We are ecstatic about making our hall one of the centers of activities in this vital Mid-City neighborhood of Stamford."
This year, the "Cocoa Caper" raised $335 for the food bank while serving hot cocoa and treats to more than 800 residents, many of whom congregated in the hall to share well wishes with their neighbors.
"This was the first time I participated, and it was a terrific experience," said Richard Finkelstein, a new Stamford resident who recently began attending the church. "I love the idea of people getting together to celebrate the holidays, meet old friends and make new friends, while helping to raise donations for such a wonderful organization."
Other holiday events scheduled this year include a Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk with candlelights and music from 3-6 p.m. Sunday and a Christmas Eve Service for the community at 5 p.m. All are welcome.
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