The DiMatteo Group in Shelton made the holidays much brighter for area families in need. The company’s staff — more than 25 employees strong — granted 26 wishes, purchasing a variety of gifts that were distributed through “Under the Tree” Program of BHcare in Ansonia.

Rosemarie Esposito of Shelton and Zaibel Torres of Bridgeport, both from the DiMatteo Group, delivered goodwill and gifts at Assumption Church in Ansonia, the drop-off site.

“Our company was founded on the spirit of giving back to the community, especially this time of year, when we generously support local families,” said John DiMatteo, president of DiMatteo Group. “Throughout the year, our company and family foundation are involved in a variety of ongoing philanthropic projects.”

Founded more than 58 years ago, DiMatteo Group is a family-owned and operated business specializing in insurance, employee benefits, income tax and financial services.

“Thirteen years ago, we established the DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation and an annual golf tournament,” said DiMatteo. “The foundation was established as a tribute to our late father who was battling cancer at the time. Since then, we have contributed more than $376,000 for various well-known local and national charities that fund research, education and finding a cure for diseases.”

“Each year BHcare looks forward to working with the DiMatteo Group,” said Tammy Burrell, chairman of the holiday drive and treasurer of the BHcare board of directors. “This annual gesture of kindness makes a tremendous difference in the lives of the local families we serve. The DiMatteo Group exemplifies the true holiday spirit of giving to others.”

BHcare is a state-licensed, non-profit behavioral health care provider serving the lower Naugatuck Valley, greater New Haven and shoreline communities. For more than 37 years, BHcare — through its founding organizations, Birmingham Group Health Services and Harbor Health Services — has been providing hope and help for individuals, families and children affected by mental illness, domestic violence and substance abuse.