Fire Department sees increase in families requesting toys

Posted at 11:00 PM, Dec 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 10:55:30-05

A local toy drive is having a hard time bringing in enough toys for kids who otherwise could go without this holiday season.

Little River-Academy Fire Department volunteers are sorting through baby dolls, board games, legos and clothes. They are preparing to hand them out to families in need. This year organizer Tanya Borders is worried that they may not be able to fill all of the requests. 

"We have a whole lot more kids signed up and donations are slower this year," she said. 

Each year the fire department holds several events to give back to the community. Borders said often firefighters see people at their worst so holidays give them a chance to see people at their happiest.

Organizers say requests for toys have nearly doubled from last year due in part to serving a larger area. Plus, a lower attendance at the fire department's Halloween fundraiser that raises money to buy toys made a shortage.

"Nobody's gonna go without I mean we'll find a way this community has always come together and helped us out, " Borders said.

Organizers are dedicated to making sure they exhaust their resources and help families looking for some extra help this Christmas and are still accepting requests.

"Parents will push that money and shopping out to the last minute and if that last check doesn't come through  they may need that help that last minute," Borders said. 

If you are interested in donating there are drop-off locations at Academy city hall, the fire station and the Little River-Academy Dollar General store. 

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