Valley United Way Youth Leaders were once again called to action, only this time as Christmas elves to lend a holiday hand in Santa’s visit. Santa Clause, Chris Kringle, yes the big man in red, stopped into Shelton’s corporate park on December 10th in support of a local 3rd annual Toys for Tots fundraiser.
Bob Scinto and his daughter Katie asked for some assistance from Valley United Way in preparing for Santa’s arrival and sharing the holiday spirit. The Youth Leaders, playing the role of elves, helped bake cookies, sing to the children and families and lent a keen eye in taking family photos with Mr. Clause along with expert photographer and Valley United Way Campaign Chair Fred Ortoli.
Santa came into town from 3-7pm, where he posed in family pictures with the children and families of corporate park tenants and employees. Santa was also able to collect all the toys that were brought in for less fortunate children – about 500 toys to be exact. Luckily Santa brought a really big bag and will deliver the presents to TEAM, making sure all the Valley’s children can have a Merry Christmas.
For the 10th consecutive year, members of the Valley United Way High School Volunteer Council went on a Christmas caroling campaign. Singing for at least an hour in a half, members visited the senior citizen residents of Crosby and Wesley Village of Shelton.
After caroling, the students of the High School Volunteer Council left gifts and board games for the residents under the communal Christmas trees. Students from Emmett O’Brien Technical School demonstrated their tech-talent by making paper origami ornaments for the residents.
This was also the 5th year students of the Valley United Way High School Volunteer Council hosted a group luncheon at the Italian Pavilion in Derby to celebrate their Christmas coordination.