BRIDGEPORT - A home on Arcadia Avenue in Bridgeport has been transformed into a festive "Christmas Village."
However, while the lights and decorations are ready, organizers say they need help getting toys to children in need.
Jay Piccirillo and his two friends are the ones who put up the "Christmas Village." Piccirillo says the tradition was started by his friend's mother, Winnie Moutinho, 12 years ago. Sadly, she passed away in 2005, but the tradition lives on.
Piccirillo says, "She loved decorating the house for the holidays; it kept going every year and growing. She passed the torch down to her son, who made it unbelievable."
For each of the three Saturdays before Christmas, Santa Claus will open the "Christmas Village" and hand out toys to children in need.
Last year, nearly 2,000 children took part in the event. This year, Piccirillo says they are in desperate need of toy donations.
"We understand there's a lot of parents who can't afford or buy gifts and things, and we just want to provide this service to make the kids happy," Piccirillo says.
He says their holiday goal is simple: "We want to just provide smiles for everybody."
A "Toy Drop Off" is being held on Black Friday at 155 Arcadia Ave. in Bridgeport.