RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - First responders are in desperate need right now for the public’s support.
250 families are depending on the efforts of fire fighters and police officers to bring Santa into their homes this Christmas, and right now donations are down.
Baby dolls, matchbox cars and games - all of them are Christmas gifts for most any child. The Russellville fire and police departments collect them as part of their annual Santa Toy Drive. They’re gifts for children who might not have anything to open otherwise.
“You just see, some of the families will come up and they know they’re in a bad situation,” Russellville Fire Marshal Justin Green stated. “Some last year that we talked with, they weren’t going to be able to buy their kids anything, and we got them a bunch of stuff.”
But first responders may not be able to fulfill some Christmas wishes if more donations don’t come in. Several of the age groups have only a couple of items as gifts. Some of the biggest needs are for infant girls and preteen boys and girls.
Green said the give-away is an emotional experience for everyone.
“We’ve had quite a few, like last year we had some parents who were just crying, thanking you and stuff like that. The year before was the same way,” Green explained. “It’s really heartwarming.”
Green added they just want to make sure every child can enjoy Christmas this year.
Gifts and monetary donations can be made at any Russellville Fire Department now through December 21.