NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–Students at Lincoln Bassett Community School in New Haven were smiling from ear to ear after Santa Claus paid a surprise visit to their classrooms. Hundreds of gifts were delivered for kids of all ages– from pre-K to 6th grade.The Yale Youth Hockey Association made it all possible.
“It was just an unbelievable opportunity given all that’s going on in our world right now to positively impact the lives of some kids, it was awesome for us to be a part of it,” said Ryan Hardy.
In less than a week the organization collected over 400 gifts at a toy drive.
“It started as 15 families, and then it became about getting a gift for every kid in the school,” Hardy said.
“We sent out a mass email to all of our Yale families and we set up a website where people could sign up for different students at different ages and they took that as their responsibility to get that particular gift,” said Randi Peterson, a teacher at Lincoln Bassett.
Everyone pitched in to make the holiday brighter for the students, from the teachers to the families who make up Yale Youth Hockey Association.
“Family after family, rink after rink, Ingalls Rink and they donated the packages and they were already wrapped and already tagged and teachers took what they needed for their students,” Peterson said.
Every student received a gift from Santa.