The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is once again working with Toys for Tots to help bring smiles to Christmas morning. Every San Diego fire station has a collection box to help make contributing to Toys for Tots convenient.
“With a fire station in every neighborhood, San Diego Fire is a great partner in our program,” said Marine Capt. Evita Mosqueda-Chapman, the San Diego Toys for Tots coordinator. “The stations are not only drop-off points, but the Fire Department moves the toys to central collection points so our Marines can more easily get them to the Reserve Center to be sorted and distributed.”
Residents can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at a San Diego fire station any time until Dec. 18 and be assured it will get to Toys for Tots.
“We’re glad to do our part,” San Diego Fire Chief Brian Fennessy said. “The Fire-Rescue Department has worked with Toys for Tots for several years, but the credit for this program all goes to the Marine Reservists.”
Mosqueda-Chapman says their warehouse is currently completely out of toys for boys and girls, ages 10 to 12, and girls 6 to 9 years old. “We want and need toys for all ages, but the warehouse is bare for those age groups now,” she said.
Toys for Tots started in Los Angeles in 1947 and through the years has collected and distributed nearly half a billion toys to less fortunate children nationwide.