The 2nd Annual Christmas Caddy

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Christmas is a time of year when you can make a difference by just donating a toy. There are children in our own town who have nothing to open on Christmas morning. Last year my cousin Chandlar Fowler started the Christmas Caddy to try and help ensure all children in Branford receive a Christmas present. My name is Christopher Pantani and I’m going to continue the effort this year. I am going to collect toys in my Pa’s 1965 Cherry Red Coupe de Ville then drive them down to the Branford Counseling Center. Our Pa was Bruce Pantani and he is the person that instilled the values of giving in us. Even when he could barely afford to give to his own family, he gave to the less fortunate, especially during Christmas. For over 40 years, my Mimi and Pa have donated toys, gifts and food through the Branford Counseling Center to help kids in our town. My Pa died of cancer in 2008, so I am doing this for him. I am going to carry on his legacy of giving because I believe everyone has the ability to make a child’s Christmas better and The Christmas Caddy is the first step!

Here’s how YOU can make a difference this Christmas:

Please help the kids in our town this Christmas!
Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Brenda Eldridge December 05, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Hi Christopher, Great that Your carrying this on for Pa, knew Him well , He would be so proud, just as Mim is. I'll be there with bags, hope it will overflow this year, I know a lot of Children will be smiling because of this.. Good Luck! Merry Chistmas to You and Your family. Brenda and Ken Eldridge
Steve from SAAC December 05, 2012 at 04:04 PM
This is wonderful! I never realized the true significance of "The Christmas Caddy," that we saw rolling in the Branford Holiday Festival Parade a couple of weekends ago! Are you asking for toys to be unwrapped? It appears that way from the accompanying photos? Great job Christoper carrying on the late Bruce's tradition of giving--also Chandlar for originating the "Christmas Caddy!" Oh, I just saw, via the 2011 article, that *unwrapped* toys are being solicited, ref: http://branford.patch.com/articles/the-christmas-caddy-santa-s-got-a-new-sleigh - so I think that answers my question.
Steve from SAAC December 05, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I also remember "Bruce's Ride," and helped out our Scout Troop with manning a checkpoint for it, over in Guilford, a couple of years back. Great job once again by the late Bruce's family carrying on his great humanitarian work in so many ways.
Nicole Ball December 05, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Thanks for surfacing last year's story Steve! :)
Steve from SAAC December 09, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I was just down there to drop off some toys and The Christmas Caddy was looking quite healthy, and with lots of people stopping to drop more and more off! I snapped a couple of pictures and will do my best to add some here next chance I get. Don't forget folks that they will be there--right in front of Town Hall--until 2pm accepting your new unwrapped toys, which will go, as the article states, to the kids of Branford! Bravo to Christopher and all of the family and friends of the late Bruce Pantani for this fantastic Branford Christmas tradition!
Steve from SAAC December 09, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Just added a few photos from earlier today, around 11:30 or so, when I was able to get over to the Green. Can't say enough about how much I admire this wonderful project by Christopher (and originated by Chandler last year), and assisted by the family and friends of the late Bruce Pantani. I am sure he would be very proud.
Vinnie Nobile December 09, 2012 at 06:14 PM
1 Hour to go. I just stopped by there to see Chris. The Christmas Caddy looks like it is getting full. Somebody even donated some bikes. Still Time to help out the Branford Counseling Center. He will be there until 2 o'clock. Please help if you can. Thank you to everyone that already has.
Vinnie Nobile December 09, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Steve, Thank you for the photos they look great.
Vinnie Nobile December 09, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Fantastic turn out. Not sure the quantity of toys but it took the Caddy a pickup and another car to get them all to the Branford Counseling Center. Great job done by Chris carrying on a great family tradition.
Steve from SAAC December 10, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Thanks for the follow-up Vinne. Wow, glad to hear of what a huge success this year's Christmas Caddy event was! Great job and great Branford Spirit shown by Christopher and everyone involved! Bravo!


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