Santa collects bounty of toys in Shelton for needy families

Santa Claus, alongside his firefighting elves, collected dozens of donated toys rode during his ride through the White Hills of Shelton on Saturday.

Santa Claus, alongside his firefighting elves, collected dozens of donated toys rode during his ride through the White Hills of Shelton on Saturday.

White Hill Fire Company / Contributed photo

SHELTON — Santa, escorted by his firefighting elves, rode through the city’s White Hills section Saturday collecting toys for those less fortunate this holiday season. And Kris Kringle got quite a haul.

“This is one of the best toy drives that we have had in the past 30 years,” White Hills volunteer firefighter and Toys 4 Kids coordinator Mike Kellett said. “We are lucky to have wonderfully generous friends and neighbors here in White Hills as well as your support.”

Santa and his helpers on a fire truck tossed out popcorn balls to children during the tour. Firefighters followed Santa’s truck collecting new, unwrapped toys for families in need.

Overall, two van loads of toys were collected and will be distributed through the Team Inc. Toys 4 Kids program.

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