The baby Jesus figurine that was part of nativity scene at Christmas Village in Torrington is still missing, but there is a new one to replace it thanks to a generous donor.
“Fay Renzullo has donated a Baby Jesus to Christmas Village in memory of Trudy Reges,” J. Brett Simmons, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation in Torrington, said in a statement.
Reges, who lived in Torrington, owned R&R Dog Obedience. She died on July 9, according to the obituary.
An employee from the town’s parks and recreation department noticed three weeks ago that the 18-inch-long Jesus figurine was gone, according to police, and the news of the theft spread on Monday.
In the two days since word got out that the statue was missing, the parks and recreation department has received several calls from people offering to donate other figurines, but they selected Renzullo’s donation.
“I would also like to note that many kind individuals heard about the missing Baby Jesus and have offered or have already sent in donations for this cause,” Simmons said. “These gracious donors have advised us to use the money as needed to benefit Christmas Village and all the magic it has to offer. On behalf of the Torrington Parks and Recreation Department, we would like to thank everyone who has offered donations for their generosity. “
This is the 65th consecutive year that for Carl Bozenski’s Christmas Village at 150 Church St.
The annual Toy Shower takes place on Dec. 7 at the Yankee Pedlar from 4-8 p.m., followed by the opening of Christmas Village on Dec. 9.