FAIRFIELD — The toys had been given out by the time Santa Claus showed up Thursday afternoon at the pocket park on San Marco Street.
But when Santa appeared, several of the children made sure to show Santa what they received as part of the Fun on the Run toy distribution, which had been put on since Monday at the parks where Fun on the Run vans make their usual stops.
“I got this for my brother,” said Maria Rivera, holding a Spiderman toy that she showed to old Saint Nick.
The big hit of the visit was the Fairfield firefighters who had a cluster of children around their engine as they explained its workings, which included what handles you pull to get water from the hoses.
The toys were gathered by the Fairfield Community Services Foundation, the local Kiwanis Club and firefighters earlier this fall. This was the first year that the group put on a toy distribution through Fun on the Run, which organizes games and youth activities at the city’s parks and neighborhoods.
“All of the neighborhoods have had great turnouts,” said Erin Beavers, Fairfield’s director of community resources. “This means a lot to these kids in this neighborhood. For some it may be the only gift they get this Christmas.”
Fairfield police officers also showed up to interact with the children.
“This is an opportunity to have some positive interaction with the kids,” Sgt. Jeff Osgood said.
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