In honor of this season of giving, Bridgeport Landing Development (Steelpointe Harbor) and Optimus Healthcare again hosted a Christmas gift giveaway on December 19, 2017, at the former Bank of America building on East Main Street for local families where several hundred children received gifts.
Families were treated to light refreshments, while children took turns taking photos with the big man himself, Mr. Santa Claus. Every child received a special gift and was also given a new coat or pajamas of their choice.
East Side City Councilwoman Maria Valle attended and expressed her thoughts about the important impact this event has on the local community. “There are families with hardships and needs living on the East Side and East End, and this event helps struggling residents give to their families this holiday
season”, said Valle.
“This a wonderful time to spread some Christmas joy,” added Steve Tyliszczak, Development Administrator for Bridgeport Landing Development, while reminiscing about his childhood growing up on the East Side of Bridgeport.
Nancy Pagan stated how this event helped her family, who has had a rough holiday season. “This is a wonderful event, especially for the kids. My family came from Puerto Rico, they lost everything during the hurricane and to have an event like this truly puts them in the Christmas spirit.”