Volunteers wrap thousands of gifts for children in need

Hundreds of volunteers got into the Christmas spirit in Stamford Saturday and wrapped gifts for kids in need.



The nonprofit Inspirica, which helps the homeless, started their toy drive 27 years ago, and organizers say it's grown since then.



Organizers say about 6,000 total presents were wrapped and will be sent out to more than 30 nonprofits in southwestern Connecticut that benefit homeless children. About 500 volunteers helped at Saturday's event.



Inspirica CEO Jason Shaplen says it's not just the kids who end up smiling Christmas morning, but that their parents get to play Santa Claus.



"It's the parents who are now able to feel happy and feel proud because they're able to give their children something they otherwise wouldn't," he says.



Inspirica officials say the event has grown to help about 3,000 kids. They also say on Christmas morning, each child will get two presents - one that has been personally requested and one that is educational.



Eversource Energy was also a sponsor of the event this year.


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