Local family holds toy drive for children in need

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– People in Hamden took time of out their day Sunday, stepping up to help children in need. They held a toy drive for children in homeless shelters.

The Zabins are a special family from Woodbridge that this time every year drops what they’re doing, whether its work, or college, and gets together to make in difference in the lives of others. For one weekend a year for the last 15 years they’ve been collecting toys for area homeless shelters and food for the Connecticut food bank at local businesses.

This year their efforts brought them to Hamden over at Johnson’s Duck Pin Lanes. Those who stopped by and dropped off a toy or food item were given a half hour of free bowling time. It’s the 2nd year they’ve used this location as their donation center and those who made it all possible say they have no plans of slowing down.

“We found a couple people that have come down and didn’t even know we were here and so they brought down a gift,” said Nancy Estes, Johnson’s Duck Pin Lanes.

“There’s just so much need and I work in the inner city and I see a lot of kids that just they would like something they don’t have a lot. Some of them transient ,they’re moved from, they lose homes, they move into shelters and they don’t have much so having them have just a little something just brings a smile,” said Tracy Zabin, Organizer.

Unfortunately when it comes the work the Zabin family has done, it’s not all good news to report. In a typical year they usually collect a few hundred toys but so far this year it’s only been a couple dozen. If you would like to help they will be collecting toys and food again Monday

All you have to do is drop off an unwrapped, unused, or lightly used toy over at Johnson’s. They’re located at 2100 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden.

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