Once again, Kent Fire/Fire District 37, Kent Firefighters Local 1747, and the Kent Firefighters Foundation are part of the regional Toys for Joy program.
Toys for Joy is an annual event where new, unwrapped toys are collected, sorted, wrapped, and delivered to the Kent Food Bank for distribution to needy families in our community. A portion of the toys will also be donated to other local food banks. Non-perishable food will also be accepted.
This year, organizers say, the need is greater than ever, due to the economic downturn affecting the Puget Sound region as well as the country.
“The Toys for Joy program was designed to allow adults to provide gifts to their children that they might not otherwise be able to afford,” a statement from the organization’s press release read.
Starting Nov. 28, toy-collection barrels will be at the following locations beginning November 28th:
Fire Station 71, 504 West Crow St., Downtown Kent
Fire Station 72, 25620 140 Ave. S.E., East Hill of Kent
Fire Station 73, 25612 Military Rd. S., West Hill of Kent
Fire Station 74, 24611 116 Ave. S.E., East Hill of Kent
Fire Station 75, 15635 S.E. 272 St., Lake Meridian (wrapping party location)
Fire Station 76, 20676 72 Ave. S., North Kent Valley
Fire Station 77, 20717 132 Ave. S.E., East Hill of Kent
Kent City Hall, 220 4 Ave. S.
Centennial Building, 400 W. Gowe St.
For further information about the program and to get involved in a wrapping party, call the Toys for Joy Hotline at 253-856-4485.