‘Scrooge’ steals monetary donations from Brooklyn family Christmas display, neighbors fix collection box


BROOKLYN, Conn. (WTNH) — Each year a family in Brooklyn raises money for charity with an elaborate holiday lights display. But this year, a Scrooge came by Christmas morning and stole some of their holiday cheer and donations.

Ever year the Lambert family puts on quite a holiday display complete with lights synchronized to music. 

Christopher Lambert changes the design of the display a little bit and adds new things. This year the lighted globes are new. 

But one thing that doesn’t change is that the family puts out a donation box and picks a charity and all of the money raised from people watching the display goes to it.

Money collected this year will go to Camp Quinebaug in Danielson. which hopes to get a wheelchair swing.

But on Christmas morning, Lambert went to check on the box, and someone had broken into it and stolen all the money.

“When I got about half way up the driveway, I could see that this whole portion of the door was missing as it was open and my heart just sank,” said Lambert. “The deadbolt was actually bent. The actual bolt itself was bent.”

Quiet Corner Christmas display donation box

Fortunately, Lambert had emptied the box the night before, leaving only change behind, but the Grinch greatly affected this Brooklyn family.

“It was very disappointing,” said his wife, Joanne Lambert. “Our Christmas morning was very somber.”

“Absolutely it ruined our Christmas morning,” said Lambert.

That was until Lambert posted what happened on his Quiet Corner Christmas Facebook page.

“Sorry about this,” said the mailwoman who stopped to deliver the mail. “Ehhh. Good will prevail,” answered Lambert.

And it did. Neighbor, teen Stephen Clifford fixed the broken door.

“So now we got the hasp [lock],” said Clifford who showed us the repair. “It will get him through the season.”

Quiet Corner Christmas display donation box

Others started dropping off big donations Christmas day.

“It was absolutely amazing the outreach from the community,” said Joann Lambert.

“The day still stunk, but it got a little bit better after that,” said 11-year-old Zachary Lambert.

The display and donation collection will continue through Jan. 1, 2020. 

“A small act of kindness goes a long way,” said Clifford.

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