The Chandler Fire Department is once again collecting toys during the holiday season. Donations will brighten the holidays for Chandler children who might otherwise go without this year. The highlight of the annual toy drive is the Holiday Toy Ride from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. Anyone who donates a new, unwrapped toy during the Holiday Toy Ride will receive a ride in a Chandler Fire engine.
The toy collection point at Chandler Fashion Center is near the valet parking area outside of the food court on the south side of the mall. An adult must accompany all children 6 years of age and younger on their ride.
Chandler firefighters and volunteers will help deliver the toys to the Chandler CARE Center, where they will be distributed to families that have been identified through the staff at each Chandler Unified School District elementary school.
“Our annual toy drive has been a tremendous success over the years. We get to witness the generosity of so many Chandler families and we, in turn, are able to fulfill kid’s dreams of riding in a fire engine,” said Chandler Fire Chief Tom Dwiggins. “This event is just another way that our fire department personnel get to partner with the people we serve and together make a difference for those in need.”
Toy donations also may be dropped off in the lobby of the Fire Administration Headquarters at 151 E. Boston St., starting Nov. 15 through Dec. 12, or at any Chandler Fire station.
For more information about the Department, visit Chandler Fire.
Battalion Chief Jeff West
Chandler Fire Department PIO