The Department of Parks and Recreation is participating in a “Christmas in July” toy drive with the Connecticut Recreation & Parks Association and Christmas Wish CT, a charity committed to sharing the spirit of Christmas year-round.
Throughout July, the department aims to collect 1,200 new, unwrapped toys at its Painter Park office, 190 Kelsey Ave., as well as at its camp and playground programs and swimming pool venues.
Park-Rec will donate a portion of the collected toys to Christmas toy drives held by West Haven Professional Fire Fighters Local 1198 and the West Haven High School Peer Advocacy Program for residents in need. It is one of the biggest toy drives run in the city during the holidays.
The rest of the toys will benefit Christmas Wish’s Annual Christmas Party.
The volunteer charitable organization will distribute the toys to local children and families.
Those seeking more infomration should contact the Park-Rec office during regular business hours, (203) 937-3541, or go to the park-rec website.