Kent’s annual Toys for Joy program seeks donations

Collection barrels set up at Puget Sound fire stations.

  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:01pm
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The Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, Kent Firefighters Local 1747 and the Kent Firefighters Foundation proudly announce the 2017 kickoff of the Toys for Joy program.

Toys for Joy is an annual event where new, unwrapped toys are collected, sorted, wrapped and delivered to local food banks and outreach programs for distribution to needy families in the community. In addition to toys, non-perishable food and monetary donations are also accepted.

This year has seen an upturn in the economy, but there are still many families in need. Some families have to dedicate their money to the basics in order to survive and do not have the ability to buy gifts during the holidays. The Toys for Joy program was created to help these local families.

Toy wrapping parties are scheduled for Dec. 8 and Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at Fire Station 75, 15635 S.E. 272 St., Kent, and are open to the public. Last year residents wrapped more than 6,000 gifts.

The Toys for Joy program can only exist with the generous donations of local residents and businesses. Over the years, that generosity has been tremendous. This year Puget Sound Fire hopes for everyone’s continued support.

For further information and to get involved in a wrapping party, call the Toys for Joy Hotline at 253-856-4485.

Toy collection barrels are at the following locations:

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

Fire Station 76: 20676 72 Ave. S. North Kent Valley

Fire Station 77: 20717 132 Ave. S.E. East Hill of Kent

Fire Station 78: 17820 S.E. 256 St. Covington

Centennial Building: 400 W. Gowe St. Downtown Kent

Fire Station 45: 2929 S. 200 St. SeaTac – South

Fire Station 46: 3521 S. 170 St. SeaTac – Central

Caldwell Bank: Kent Station Downtown Kent

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