From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Trussville Fire and Rescue is collecting toys and food for their annual toy drive, “Christmas for Kids.” The donations program is designed to help families in need within the Trussville community provide Christmas for their children where otherwise there would be none. The items are being prepared for distribution to families in need on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022.
Fire Chief Tim Shotts said around 25 families and over 5o local kids will be assisted this year. However, there is still more to be done. Donations are still being accepted, and firefighters will go on the hunt for more toys sometime in the next two weeks during a shopping trip. The department will use monetary donations to purchase more items.
“In addition to the toys, each family will get a turkey and a box full of corn and peas and cornbread mix and stuff to have a nice Christmas dinner,” Shotts said.
If you would like to assist the Trussville Fire Department with Christmas for Kids, you can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at any Trussville Fire Station, Bryant Bank in Trussville, Great Smiles Orthodontics, the Trussville Public Library, and the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce.
The monumental task at hand always challenges Trussville Fire and Rescue, and they know that without the community’s help, the donations program would not be possible.
“This is a huge event for the department, and we love doing it each year because we get to help families in need,” Shotts said.
Donations go directly to qualifying families in need within the Trussville community. Shotts said no portion of donations is reserved for administrative costs.
Donations will be accepted through Christmas. After that, anything left over will either be saved for next year or will be donated to Lovelady Center and Heidi’s Kids.
“Whatever is left over, we keep those in our toy shop,” Shotts said.
The department still needs sqishmallows, art supplies, legos, outdoor toys, science kits, books (boys and girls age 10-12), pokemon, and Roblox gift cards.