Winter Wonderland in jeopardy due to lack of donations - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Winter Wonderland in jeopardy due to lack of donations

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The city's annual Winter Wonderland celebration provides thousands of kids with gifts each year. (WFSB) The city's annual Winter Wonderland celebration provides thousands of kids with gifts each year. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WFSB) -

A winter wonderland will be coming to New Haven, but only with your help.

The city's annual Winter Wonderland celebration provides thousands of kids with gifts each year.

The organizer of the annual event, Honda Smith, says with 23 days until Christmas, they have less than half of the number of toys they need.

"I am short at least 2,400 toys. Right now, I'm probably close to 1,000. I normally give out over 3,000 toys," Smith said.

She said part of the reason is due to recent layoffs at Frontier.

"Frontier was one of the biggest contributions, but now that they're losing 1,500 people, it's hard to get a call back for a donation," Smith said.

The event held a fill-the-dumpster drive at the Department of Public Works last month, but didn't lead to nearly the amount of donations they saw in previous years.

Time is running out for organizers. There is just two weeks until the event.

"Myself growing up...[I] had to watch my mom go back and forth to Salvation Army, Goodwill to get 8 kids toys, and I know how hard it is to have nothing underneath the Christmas tree. So this is a way of paying it forward, giving back to the children here of the community," Smith said.

Anyone who wants to help can drop off toys at the New Haven Public Works Department on Middletown Avenue during business hours.

There will also be a toy drive at city hall next Friday.

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