Santa Claus took his annual ride into Shelton this past weekend, but this year in blazing style. White Hills Fire Company drove Santa on top a fire engine through the White Hills neighborhood on Nov. 10 to collect toys for the Toys4Kids program sponsored by TEAM, Inc. Volunteer firefighters threw popcorn balls to children as toys were collected from White Hills residents. The toys will be given to needy children in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.
In the morning Santa road through upper White Hills. About half a dozen families gathered in a group in a neighborhood called the Maples to greet him and give him toys. He rode on the engine from 9 a.m. to noon, resting for lunch. Forgoing cookies and milk, Santa stopped for pizza at the fire station.