Firefighters constantly put their lives at risk as they combat fires and save lives on a daily basis. But they’re also fighting another battle . . . innocent kids being left without toys for the upcoming 2017 holiday season. (It’s not that far away!)
The community will assemble at Firefighters Local 67 at 379 West Broad Street on September 21st to support the “Firefighters 4 Kids” toy drive. And you’re invited!
This program materialized in Columbus about 40 years ago when Mike Mullins, a firefighter, responded to a radio request for toys for a lady called “Mrs. Santa.” The firefighters had toys in the basement of their training academy.
The woman made contact, arrived to collect the toys, and Mullins asked her if they could do anything else.
She said she needed a new Santa suit, so the firefighters collected money, bought her the suit . . . and the next year she quit. The firefighters had put the request for donations on the radio – along with their contact information. When “Mrs. Santa” left . . . people called the firefighters.
They had enough contacts to get things together and ended up helping 25 families is 1978. It began to evolve and didn’t stop . . . leading these local heroes to helping roughly 19,000 children in recent history!
CME Federal Credit Union is an invaluable partner for the toy drive and GETDOT. CME was actually founded in 1935 by Columbus firefighters, and they have a long history of serving first responders! The organization is also a platinum sponsor for GETDOT.
This fundraiser is a tremendous community event.
“It is a great cause!” said Jacquie Ayres, CME Vice President Member Communications & Education. “The money raised will contribute to the toy drive and we hope to purchase over 200 bikes to donate to the toy drive with money raised from GETDOT.”
We hope to see everyone there!