VIDEO - Chapin to deliver treat to kids in New Orleans

A trucker will head from Norwalk to New Orleans tonight, hoping to deliver a different kind of treat right in time for Halloween. On the receiving end, among others, will be Lynn Chapin, a Norwalk resident who solicited donations of sports equipment for a New Orleans elementary school.
Aaron Krause
Jul 25, 2010

A trucker will head from Norwalk to New Orleans tonight, hoping to deliver a different kind of treat right in time for Halloween.

On the receiving end, among others, will be Lynn Chapin, a Norwalk resident who solicited donations of sports equipment for a New Orleans elementary school.

Chapin organized the project for the annual Make a Difference Day, the nation's largest day of community service.

Chapin estimated people donated thousands of sports equipment Saturday everything from tennis racquets to bowling balls to more than 100 basketballs.

"They lost so much down there," Deputy Auditor Beth Osborn said. "They are in dire need of everything; they're still building."

Chapin said the situation is still so bad in New Orleans that they couldn't hold trick-or treat. But, Chapin hopes the donation of kids games, toys and books will make up for that disappointment.

Chapin's fellow employees in the auditor's office helped organize Saturday's collection, along with neighborhood children.

"I think it's good to teach the kids to do for others instead of thinking about themselves," Chapin said.

She said she worked her first charity event at age 10 when she walked 15 miles for the March of Dimes. She has performed a community service project at least once a year since then.