Charities hope for Christmas miracle

(12/17/07) BRIDGEPORT ? As Christmas draws closer, some charities in southwestern Connecticut say they still need toy donations to make Christmas merry for needy children.
Sister Anne Moles of Bridgeport?s Caroline House says although donations have been generous, more are needed to help the 500 families that depend on the organization. Even as toys are collected, Moles says some people may be turned away.
?We try not to,? says Moles. ?When the well is dry we just cannot give out any more. That?s it.?
Meanwhile, at Catholic Charities in Bridgeport, things are going a little better. The basement at Catholic Charities is filling up with toys and items for the less fortunate. Marie Keogh, director of emergency services for Catholic Charities, says donors at Fairfield Prep have really stepped up to the plate this holiday season.
?They collect donations as a group there,? says Keogh. ?We have diapers, and infant toys, and dolls, and trucks and things. We try to cover the gambit.?
Some believe charity donations have been slow due to the recent recall of some toys made in China. Keogh believes some charities decided not to have a toy drive at all due to the perceived risk.
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