STAMFORD, Conn. — Thanks to talk show host Trisha Goddard and the rest of the Stamford Media Center, many needy children in the area will be receiving presents this holiday season.
“We tend to assume every child is going to get what our kids are going to get,” said Goddard, who hosts the daytime talk show “Trisha Goddard,” the fourth to shoot in Stamford. “Every kid wants to feel special.”
The gifts were collected for Inspirica, a Stamford-based group that helps homeless people throughout the county. For many of the children, these will be the only gifts they receive, Goddard said.
For Goddard, helping others reminds her of her “favorite Christmas,” when she was relying on others for a place for her and her daughters to stay. She remembers that one night, while her two daughters slept in the only bed, with their tiny Christmas tree and one small present each nearby, Goddard felt happy and calm for the first time as a single mother.
“I felt happiness. I thought, 'I could do this,'” she said explaining that she still tells her children, now 23 and 18, about that evening.
This is the third year that the Stamford Media Center has collected gifts for Inspirica. This year, the organization is trying to provide gifts to more than 2,600 children.
“Each year, we rely on the generosity of local businesses and residents to make this gift collection successful, and we’re so grateful to Stamford Media Center employees for continuing their support of our organization,” said Emily Hammond, holiday gift collection manager at Inspirica.