New mother struggling to pay for day care

A New Year is a time to make resolutions. An easy resolution is to be a good neighbor and to share with those in need.

You can fulfill that resolution by making a donation to The Giving Fund.

Now in its 39th year, The Giving Fund tells the stories of local residents who need help to pay for their rent, utilities, child care or groceries.

One of the residents who is seeking help is Ingrid, a first-time mother who just went back to work. She and her spouse rely on day care to be able to work, but they are finding it difficult to pay tuition on top of their rent, groceries and utility bills. They have prioritized paying day-care tuition over some bills. A donation of a few hundred dollars would help Ingrid get caught up on her overdue bills.

The beneficiaries of the Giving Fund are clients at Greenwich-based Family Centers and Darien-based Person to Person, two nonprofit agencies that offer support to residents of lower Fairfield County.

The stories “are collected by staff members who understand the needs of their clients, and are 100 percent real people in these vignettes,” said William Brucker, chief advancement officer at Family Centers.