This is the season for giving and many groups are hosting collect drives to spread holiday cheer. One of those groups is Operation Vet Fit of Bethel. Area combat veterans will be collecting new, unwrapped toys on Saturday. Organizer Dan Gaita says all of the gifts collected for children aged 4 to 16 will be given to the Dorothy Day House "Santa's Workshop", which helps needy families at Christmas.
The gifts are sorted by size and gender so a child can select their gifts. Last year, more than 800 were helped.
Saturday's Operation Vet Fit collection is taking place outside their Greenwood Avenue location from 11am to 1pm. Gaita says if people are short on time or want to avoid the cold, area veterans will be on the side walk collecting from people's car. He says drivers can pull over, roll down their window and hand over the gift.