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Shelton's DiMatteo Group Plays Easter Bunny For Homeless Children

Delivering the gift baskets with a smile are Anthony DiMatteo of Bethany, left, and Alida Ballou of Southbury, right. Missing from the photo is Jessica DiMatteo of Bethany.
Delivering the gift baskets with a smile are Anthony DiMatteo of Bethany, left, and Alida Ballou of Southbury, right. Missing from the photo is Jessica DiMatteo of Bethany. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

SHELTON, Conn. – Four area shelters in Fairfield County recently benefited from the generosity of the DiMatteo Group in Shelton, which delivered nearly 120 Easter baskets to homeless children in the region.

Baskets were delivered to the Norwalk Emergency Shelter and Domestic Violence Crisis Center, both in Norwalk, and Inspirica Inc. and Domestic Violence Crisis Center, both in Stamford.

Since the annual drive was started more than 15 years ago, more than 1,600 baskets have brightened the lives of area children. Kim DiMatteo of Bethany, a partner and vice president of the DiMatteo Group in Shelton, along with two of her children and their friend, spearheaded the community service project. The majority of the money for the baskets were donated by The DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation.

“We spent weeks preparing, shopping and volunteering for this greatly anticipated community service project,” DiMatteo said. “This year my son, Anthony, and my daughter, Jessica, along with their friend Alida Ballou, assembled 80 baskets, while the remainder was donated by generous individuals.

"I am especially proud of this group of dedicated young people who took the time to assembly and deliver the gift baskets. Their act of kindness embodies our company’s mission to give back to the community. Each of the shelters was so appreciative and grateful for the tremendous volunteer effort we put into this worthwhile community project.”

Founded more than 55 years ago, DiMatteo Group in Shelton is a family-owned and operated business that specializes in insurance, employee benefits, income tax and financial services.

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