The following is a press release from the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.
The Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, Kent Firefighters Local 1747, and the Kent Firefighters Foundation proudly announce the 2017 kick-off 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 our community. In addition to toys, non-perishable food and monetary donations are also accepted.
The year 2017 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 19 at 6 p.m., and are open to the public. The media is invited to cover these events which are attended by groups and individuals from throughout south King County. Last year the public wrapped over 6,000 gifts.
Toy collection barrels are located 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
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 we are hoping for everyone’s continued support.
For further information on the Toys for Joy program and to get involved in a wrapping party, please call the Toys for Joy Hotline at 253-856-4485.