Sandy Meets Santa

As thousands of families fled Hurricane Sandy, the last thing they thought about was toys.

But along with the rest of their possessions, countless children lost toys.

Now, with the holiday season near, the last thing displaced parents can do is think about — or pay for — toys.

It’s a stressful time for so many people in the tri-state area. Christmas and Hanukkah are sure to add one more level of anxiety.

As it does so often, Al’s Angels rides to the rescue.

The Westport organization — which in “good” times provides over 3000 families and 5000 children battling cancer, rare blood diseases and financial hardship with holiday meals and gifts — is expanding its mission.

Founder Al DiGuido and his hard-working, ever-smiling band of volunteers is organizing a toy drive to collect new, unwrapped gifts. They’ll bring a sliver of joy to thousands of kids who would otherwise have no toys this holiday season.

Banners are being made. They’ll be placed in Westport stores, whose owners have agreed to accept donated toys. (A full list will be published soon.) Starting November 24, you can also drop off toys at the rear entrance of 1175 Post Road East (opposite Crate & Barrel).

Cash donations are of course welcome. Click here, then find “Hurricane Sandy” in the clickdown “Donation Option Categories” menu.

Al’s Angels is always looking for man (and woman) (and kid) power too. If you’d like to help, email

There are many ways to be an angel this Christmas (or Hanukkah). Thanks to Al’s Angels for providing this special one.

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