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Stamford Firefighters Prepare To Play Santa And Deliver Thousands Of Toys

Stamford firefighter Eric Strain wrapping a present.
Stamford firefighter Eric Strain wrapping a present. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Stamford firefighters and volunteers wrapped thousands of presents Friday. They will be delivered Saturday.
Stamford firefighters and volunteers wrapped thousands of presents Friday. They will be delivered Saturday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Firefighters and volunteers were busy wrapping presents Friday in preparation for delivery of thousands of presents on Saturday.

The 11th annual Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association (SPFFA) toy drive will see more than 4,500 presents go to children in need Saturday. Organizations that will receive the toys include: Franklin Street Shelter, Wilson Food Pantry, Family Centers on Lawn Hill Terrace, Salvation Army and Stamford Hospital pediatric unit.

One of the organizers, firefighter Brian Slattery, said the goal is simple: to ensure that as many children as possible get a gift for Christmas.

"(It's) just so all the kids can have the best Christmas possible because some kids are less fortunate than others," he said. "This is a group effort, a collaborative effort between a bunch of different groups."

Volunteers including off-duty firefighters, teachers and students from the Individuals Achieving Independence program, Stamford Public School administrators and the Backyard Humanitarian organization.

Delivery of the gifts begins Saturday beginning at 11 am, with Santa sitting on top of an antique Stamford Fire Department fire truck.

More than 15,000 toys have been distributed in the last 10 years.

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