Superior Fire Dept Toy Drive 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

I don't do a lot of promo on this blog, but this is definitely a worthy cause. I've known Cat Brown (of Romance Junkies) for about 8 years, she's good people, as the saying goes. So while you're out doing the Black Friday thing today and on the weekend keep the following email from Cat in mind:

***Permission to Forward***


I am trying again this year to help out Todd by posting this in hopes of getting some toy donations again for the Superior Fire Dept. :-)

We live in a small mining town, population three thousand. My husband who helps me with all things RJ is the Chief of the Fire Department here. It's a low income town and there are a lot of kids here that don't get much for Christmas. So the fire dept. started going around to businesses begging for donations of small toys. They spend days wrapping up the toys and weeks decorating one of the fire trucks with over five thousand holiday lights. And then on Christmas Eve Santa and Ms. Claus ride in back of the fire truck and, with Christmas music blaring, weave its way up and down every street in town. The sirens blare every few minutes and as kids hear it they scramble out of their houses. The truck stops and Santa gives each child a toy.

They have been doing this now for five years. I go with Todd on the drive and it takes about seven hours. Last year my parents donated a small snow machine to the Dept. It was so much fun watching kids who may have never seen snow experience it for the first time. ;-)

Before we started the Toy Drive the Fire Dept. was always a few hundred toys short and the last group of kids would get only candy cans. So last year I put a shout out to the Romance Community and could not believe the out pouring of support and holiday spirit. The Fire Dept. got in 1,200 toys last year. Every kid in town got a toy and the Fire Dept. actually had some left over they shared with the Police Dept. for their Angel Tree Program.

So I am out again doing my best to round up enough toys to give out to the kids in town this year. ;-)

What the dept is looking for are small stuffed animals or 1-2 dollar toys. It doesn't take a lot to make it a magical night for the kids in town. ;-)

If anyone is interested in sending in some toys it would be VERY MUCH appreciated by both the Fire Department and the kids in town ;-)

You can send anything (including checks and gift cards made out to the Superior Fire Dept.) into:

Superior Fire Department
C/O Todd Pryor
271 West Main Street
Superior , AZ 85273

Please feel free to pass this email on ;-)

P.s. we tried to take a lot of pictures of last years Christmas Santa Drive but our camera did not handle the bright lights or the dark night very well. We do have a few photos we can share with you --

And special thanks to all the people that helped out last year. You can see a list of contributors here -

If you have any questions about the Toy Drive send me a shout at chaoscat @ romance junkies .com (no spaces)

I told Todd I was going to try again this year to do a grass root movement thru RJ to see I could get the Department those extra toys they need this year. ;-)

Cat Brown AKA Chaoscat
(Chaos - It's not just a lifestyle, it's a state of mind)

Owner/Operator Romance Junkies
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