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Give a Toy for a Child at Any Stamford Firehouse

STAMFORD, Conn. — Santa Claus is getting some this Christmas thanks to the Stamford Fire Department's sixth annual Holiday Toy Drive.

“This can be a tough time of the year for disadvantaged and sick children,” Firefighter Donald Lowndes, the organizer of the drive, said in a press release. “Hopefully our firefighters and the community can bring some cheer to these children and their families during this special time of the year.”

Firefighters are accepting toy donations for children at the Franklin Street Shelter, the Salvation Army and in the pediatrics center at Stamford Hospital and for selected families in response to Dear Santa letters. Last year, they collected over 1,000 toys.

“Knowing that collectively we have the capacity to make every child smile is precious. To impact 1,000 children is remarkable,” Brendan Keatley , president of the Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association , said in the release.

Unwrapped new toys will be accepted at all Stamford Fire and Rescue stations from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. until Dec. 24. The department will also accept gift cards so toys can be purchased. The following locations are serving as drop-off points for the toy drive:

? Central Fire Station — 629 Main St.

? South End Fire Station — 215 Washington Blvd.

? Westside Fire Station — 80 Fairfield Ave.

? Shippan Fire Station — 364 Shippan Ave.

? Woodside Fire Station — 1620 Washington Blvd.

? Glenbrook Fire Station — 17 Arthur Place

? Engine Company #7 — 987 Hope St. (Springdale Station)

? Engine Company #8 — 28 Vine Road

? Engine Company #9 — 684 Long Ridge Road (Stamford EMS)

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