Miami-Dade firefighters host toy drive for needy children

The Dade County Association of Firefighter Charities is organizing “Toys for Kids” this holiday season. The drive continues through Dec. 21.

During this period the public can drop off new, unwrapped toys at any Miami- Dade Fire Rescue Station.
“Firefighters have been organizing ‘Toys for Kids’ for more than 20 years,” said Karen Joseph, a Miami-Dade firefighter, who has organized the event for the past 16 years. “As firefighters we are out in the community every day. We are on the frontlines and we see first-hand the needs of the community. We just want to do our part to make sure every child in our community has a merry Christmas.”

The toys collected are distributed to Miami-Dade families through churches, women’s shelters and a variety of organizations throughout the county. “Every year we see the number of requests increasing, so we really need the community’s support to help as many children as we can this holiday season,” Joseph said.

Firefighter Charities, a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, also accepts monetary donations toward this campaign. Firefighter Charities is the fundraising arm for charitable causes of IAFF Metro-Dade Fire Fighters Local 1403.

For more information regarding “Toys for Kids” call 305-519-8553.

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