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Christmas Inflatables Display To Help Newtown

Donations made to support the holiday figures set up in the Thompson Square area will be sent to the Connecticut community.

Though there has been some discussion about whether the holiday-themed inflatables set up in Charlestown's Preservation Park are "too much," criticism isn't deterring the people who put them there.

In fact, the Charlestown residents behind the display—who have chosen to remain anonymous—are now using the colorful figures to raise some money to send to the community of Newtown, CT, showing support following the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"Since there has been an overwhelming outpouring of support, we have decided from one small town which we call Charlestown, MA to another small town called Newtown, CT, all donations we have received [to help fuel the gas-powered generator] and proceeds from the sale of [related] T-shirts will go to the children of that town," one Charlestown resident wrote in an email to Patch.

In addition, donation jars have been set up at The Cooperative Bank and at Toni Ann's Sub Shop in Charlestown and will be accepted at least through early January. An exact deadline is still being determined, according to an email from Tom Coots, assistant vice president of Cooperative Bank.

The below letter was submitted by a Charlestown resident regarding the display and the fundraising efforts:

You hear the phrase, “there is magic in Christmas,” that it is “the most wonderful time of the year,” and yet we run around and stress ourselves out so much that we forget to enjoy the simple things in life. 

So this year we decided to spread a little joy and happiness with a few inflatables that we put up in our town square. And what a gift it has been to see the “magic” of Christmas.

Who knew that such simple inflatables would bring so much joy to kids?

If you could see through the eyes of these children and see the joy and happiness it brings them, you too would be smiling.

So let's take a moment and remember when we believed, how magical Christmas was and still is and let's not let a few of the naysayers spoil it. Especially in light of what just happened in a small tight-knit community like Charlestown. Let us never forget those poor children who will never ever get to see another Christmas.

So I say to you all: Smile a little longer, laugh a little harder, hug your children a little tighter and tell them that you love them when you put them to bed—and remind ourselves of those precious gifts that we have been given.

And since there has been an overwhelming outpouring of support, we have decided from one small town which we call Charlestown, MA to another small town called Newtown, CT, all donations we have received and proceeds from the sale of T shirts will go to the children of that town.

You can find donation jars at The Cooperative Bank and Toni Ann's Sub Shop.

Working Man December 20, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Also if any other business would like a jar or bucket just email is and let us know and our great designer Sean Boyle will make one up and get it to you.... J1713m@gmail.com
Tom Murphy December 20, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I applaud the work of those who brought Christmas spirit into our community. Each evening I walk through Thompson Square and it appears that so many families and their children are enjoying the many Christmas characters in the park. I find it disheartening that neighbors contacted a local media outlet to voice their displeasure.
Joseph December 20, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Kudos to those that started this fundraising effort. I had family in from out of town last weekend, and they absolutely loved the display. How anyone could be critical of this is mind boggling.
Helen O'Neil December 20, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I love the Thompson Square display. It is filled with fun and joy. Thank you, to the gift-givers.
Lorelei O'Lott December 20, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Who are the Heathens who wanted them gone? Mind your own business continue on with your terrible day and let the children enjoy the tacky inflatables! They're only there a short amount of time so get over yourselves!
Jay K. December 20, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Seriously. Since when did the Grinch and his extended family move to Charlestown? Those inflatables are awesome and I'll be donating. All those involved in this project are my kind of neighbors. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you.
Bette Task December 20, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I'm missing something here. I think intentions are good but why are we sending money to Newtown? What is it to be used for? I wasn't aware that they needed money for anything. They're in mourning. Do they need money? Help me understand.
Bette Task December 20, 2012 at 08:49 PM
As for the inflatables, sure they're tacky but not to the kids. It's for the kids and it's for such a short time. Find another agenda. Doesn't it kind of offset Wholefoods coming!!
Lorelei O'Lott December 20, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I think donations going to Newtown, CT is a wonderful gesture. Theres a town that had an unexpected amount of grief bestowed upon them and maybe some DO need the money since they've all just spent thousands burying their loved ones. Who knows what kind of financial difficulties they may be enduring at this time. Any little bit helps!

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