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WestPort News

Toy Donations To Benefit Over 100 Local Children



NORWALK — Dozens of Fairfield County children will have their Christmas wish fulfilled, thanks to the efforts of local offices from the real estate brokerage firm Halstead Property.

This year, Halstead’s Westport and Wilton offices collected toys for 55 local children, while the New Canaan, Stamford and Greenwich offices collected gifts for and additional 62 children.

Sandy Edwards, an agent in Halstead’s Westport office, helped spearhead the toy drive this year. She said it’s a tradition Halstead has participated in for more than two decades.

“We feel like we’re doing something really good for these kids who otherwise probably wouldn’t have much of a Christmas as all,” Edwards said. “It’s all part of the Christmas spirit. I’d like to do more, but we do make a little bit of a dent. Almost our entire office does participate, and it’s just a great Christmasy kind of thing that we do, and we all feel good about doing it.”

Halstead partnered with Inspirica, one of the largest providers of homeless services in Connecticut. Inspirica is headquartered in Stamford and serves single women, families, people living with HIV/AIDS and people recovering from mental illness and drug or alcohol abuse.

Inspirica serves 240-260 people each night and approximately 700 people each year from their 11 locations. The organization collects gifts on behalf of more than 30 social services agencies in the area by partnering with businesses like Halstead as well as individuals. Last year, Inspirica’s Holiday Gift Collection collected and distributed 6,000 gifts to 2,957 children.

Edwards said the toy drive tradition started as a collection for kids and families who’d been touched by HIV and AIDS, and has grown every year since. She said Halstead receives a list of requests from Inspirica and many of the brokers and employees in the office select multiple children to fulfill their Christmas wishes.

“It was really for the kids who were suffering from AIDS and then it kind of grew from there,” Edwards said. “It’s just such a cool thing, they have these wishlists for the kids so they kind of get something they want. Everybody really gets involved with it. It’s very cute.”

Friday, December 23, 2016