Vandals can’t break New Britain woman’s Christmas spirit

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — One New Britain woman is so full of the Christmas spirit, she uses her own house to raise food for the less fortunate, but this year a Grinch attacked.

Rita Ginacola from New Britain has lit her yard for the children in the neighborhood for the past 37 years, but this year vandals tore through, smashing her Santa Clause collection. It’s field of figurines, from Santa Claus to polar bears, even Mickey Mouse, the Three Wise Men and Jesus, however some of them have taken a direct hit.

“They came one night and someone must’ve called the cops and they probably saw them smashing my Santa Clauses.”

Ginacola started collecting and decorating her house back in the 50’s. It was family only, but the neighbors kept peeking in the windows. So, in 1978, she opened her house to the public, if you brought food for the local food bank. Granddaughter Michelle Giancola says there is so much food, it goes to three different food banks.

“The food, we give to a few of the donation centers they go to the Prudence Crandall house, they go to Saint Marks Church, and to the Salvation Army.”

This year, Rita taped up her Santa’s and says word of the vandalism spread as newspapers and television stations covered the story. This year, they are breaking all records and have raised thousands of dollars in food donations.

Ginacola says she’s going to keep the ornaments displayed in the wrecked condition, because it shows Christmas wins.

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