NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Hesper Sherard’s children will have presents to unwrap this year even though The Grinch tried to steal Christmas.
“There are families that really need help this holiday season not just looking for a hand out we really need help,” Sherard said.
Over the weekend over $20,000 of donated toys and coats for children in need in New Haven, were cleared out of the Dixwell Police Substation. “My heart broke. my heart broke. Not only for our children for the children that’s expecting gifts under there tree. That’s what they look forward to,” Sherard said.
The community stepped in, in a big way and organizers raised thousands of dollars with the help of United Way.
Metashar Dillon with Kingdom International Economic Development Corporation told News 8, “United Way put up a go-fund me page to help raise money and they are taking us shopping to buy toys and coats for children in the city of New Haven.”
Walmart even donated $5,000.
“Walmart doubled our online campaign so now we have 9,500 dollars,” Dillon said.
Parents say times are tough and they wouldn’t have had any presents for their kids… without community toy and coat drives. Sherard added, “It’s hard to make money stretch these days with everything being so expensive and to make it stretch with four girls ages 4, 6, 13 and 16 and it’s very hard to make money stretch working a part time job.”
The people of New Haven are grateful for the generous donations. “It just goes to show there is still good in the community not everybody is bad and we can’t let one rotton apple spoil the bunch,” Racqual Beene said. Sherard added, “It is really heart touching to see the community come together for this holiday season. It’s a beautiful thing.”