Sleigh of Toys Spreads Holiday Joy for West Haven Kids

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Sleigh of Toys Spreads Holiday Joy for West Haven Kids


Ackerman, Tom, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


WEST HAVEN — A group of friends who play soccer together delivered gifts, via Santa and the elves, to children and parents in need — and they did it in the true holiday spirit.

For their 13th year helping less fortunate families for the holidays, the hometown friends built a sleigh to bring the gifts— which included Hot Wheels, doll houses, and action figures — to the children and take them for a ride.

Donato Cappetta, one of the group members, said close to $1,000 was raised for five families. The group works with various community organization and local schools to find different families each year from areas in West Haven to help. This year’s families included several children with special needs, and a parent who experienced a car crash and the loss of a job.

The group delivered the gifts last Sunday and took children for rides on the sleigh, which is 8 feet by 4 feet, equipped with lights, music, and even cup holders. Cappetta said some of the members are carpenters, and the group has been working for weeks, after work hours, to build it.

The idea originated when a pool of money grew from a weekly card game. The old friends said they thought to spend it on a night in the city, with a limo, but soon changed their minds for charitable causes.

Cappetta said the group feels good when they give, but the act also hopefully inspires others to do good acts.

“My daughter wanted to donate her tooth fairy money” he said.

The group wrapped gifts at the soccer arena, where the group plays co-ed games, at the CFC arena, in Hamden. …

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