Tyler, Texas (KETK) — While rushing around to finish the Christmas shopping, don’t forget those who are less fortunate, especially children. The Tyler Fire Department wants to help make giving easier this Christmas, by offering convenient locations throughout Tyler to drop-off new toys for girls and boys ages two - 14.
The toys are being collected now through Dec. 13 at any Tyler Fire Station, all Tyler Whataburgers and Prestige Estates Nursing Home. To locate your nearest fire station, go to http://Fire.CityOfTyler.org , scroll over the blue “About Us” tab and select “Find a Fire Station.”
The Tyler Firefighters Association began this toy drive 32 years ago in conjunction with the Tyler Fire Department to bring joy to the children in Tyler and Smith County by collecting toys to be distributed to needy children at Christmas.
“Firemen want to protect everybody,” said Tyler Firefighter Glenn Ray. “But we have a real soft spot in our hearts for kids.”
Toys will be collected and distributed to children by the Salvation Army. This is the first year the Fire Department is partnering with Toys for Tots.
“The firefighters are the faces of this project because we help collect the toys, but we must thank the volunteers with the Salvation Army for all their hard work in distributing these items to the children in time for Christmas,” added Ray.
This is also a perfect opportunity for parents to teach their children how important it is to help others in the community. Plus, when the kids drop off the toys at their local fire station they can get a tour of a real fire truck.