STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association is hosting its 11th annual toy drive through Thursday, Dec. 15.
Those wishing to donate can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at any Stamford fire station any day of the week between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Gifts should include toys appropriate for children under the age of 18.
Gift cards, wrapping paper and scotch tape are also welcomed.
The Stamford Fire Fighters, along with Santa Claus, will deliver all toys to the Franklin Street Shelter, the Salvation Army, the Wilson Food Pantry, pediatric patients at Stamford Hospital, as well as the community and supportive services at the Family Centers on Lawn Hill Terrace.
“We want all children in Stamford, regardless of their family’s income, to truly enjoy holiday cheer this time of year,” said the event organizer, Stamford Firefighter Brian Slattery. “This year alone, we hope to collect as many as 5,000 toys, helping over 1,000 children in need and help spread the joy and cheer of the holiday season.”
Since starting the toy drive more than 10 years ago, the Fire Fighters union has distributed more than 15,000 toys for children in need of a little extra special holiday all across Stamford. This year, Slattery hopes for a record turnout of donations.
Donations can be dropped off at the following locations: 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- 268 Turn of River Road; and Engine Company #9- 50 Roxbury Road (Stamford EMS).
“All children across Stamford should have the greatest opportunity to enjoy the holiday season” said Stamford Professional Fire Fighter Association President Brendan Keatley. “Each and every year, the Stamford Professional Fire Fighters look forward to this toy drive to help put wider smiles on children’s faces and ease the burden on families in our community who are struggling. It is critical to show them that Stamford really cares about them.”
For more information about the toy drive and how to donate, contact Brian Slattery at email@example.com or 203-948-7721 or Ryan Southard at 203-394-3645.