The Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation recently awarded $146,610 to 53 agencies at receptions held in both Waterbury and Danbury.

The awards represent a 4 percent increase in contributions over last year.

A committee of Savings Bank of Danbury corporators, directors and bank officers administer the SBD Foundation.

The bank has two branches in New Milford.

The grants help support agencies in the areas of health and human service, education, arts and culture and community and economic development.

A complete list of SBD Foundation grants may be viewed at www.sbdanbury.com.

VNA Northwest in Bantam, which serves Greater New Milford, has received a donation of $500 from the Junior Women's Club of the Litchfield Hills to help defray the cost of purchasing updated computer equipment.

For more information, visit www.vnanw.org or call 860-567-6000.

The Quality Thrift Shop in Kent will hold its annual summer sale Tuesday, Aug. 5, to Saturday, Aug. 9, during which time everything will be sold for half price.

The following week, Aug. 12-16, a bag sale will be held. Patrons may fill a paper bag for $5.

New selections for the fall will be sold throughout the store starting Aug. 19.

The shop, located next to First Congregational Church on Route 7 North, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.

The ThriftMart in New Milford will hold its semi-annual bag sale and seasonal change-over event Sept. 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer clothing will be sold at $6 per bag.

The store will close Sept. 7-8 to restock for fall and winter, and reopen Sept. 9.

The ThriftMart is located at 146 Danbury Road (Route 7), under the red awning behind the professional building between Ring's End and Monroe Muffler.

Donations are accepted during business hours Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tax receipts are available.

The VNA Northwest, which serves Greater New Milford, has received a grant in the amount of $1,500 from Civic Family Services, Inc.

The grant will support skilled visits from nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and medical social workers to Litchfield County patients in need of home health care.

The agency requested the funding to provide home health services to patients who are uninsured or underinsured.

Recipients of the visits may include the frail elderly, as well as patients of any age who suffer from chronic illness or who have experienced a traumatic accident or illness.

For more information, call the VNA Northwest at 860-567-6000 or visit www.vnanw.org.

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