Donations down by as much as 30 percent for Firefighters for Kids

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–Firefighters for Kids needs your help!

Toy donations are down for the annual toy drive by as much as 30 percent and some parents have been disappointed.

Already this year Firefighters for Kids has helped nearly 10,000 kids have a merrier Christmas. But with just a week until Christmas, there are still almost 3,700 children on the list.

Long time Firefighters for Kids Volunteer Dale Miller says, “We’re not getting as many toys…”

For nearly 40, years the group has made sure local moms and dads had something to put under the tree.

“We really didn’t have the money to get any Christmas for my daughter and she’s been crying,” says Columbus mom Vickie Turner.

She’s picking up gifts for her 13-year-old.

But this year, toy donations are down.

“Normally these are full, but we’re just not getting them,” says Miller, motioning to several empty bins.

Miller says he’s never seen anything like it.

Donations are still coming in, but not as fast as they’re going out.

Volunteers say they haven’t seen the bins this low this early in the program’s 38 years. Firefighters for Kids needs gifts for infants and kids from 5 to 14.

Some parents in the 13- and 14-year-old category have even been turned away. Now with a week of toy pick-ups left, volunteers are trusting in the generosity of the Capital City.

“It seems the people come through for us. We can only hope they’ll do it again,” says Miller.

There is a toy drive Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Worthington Fire Station at 6500 N. High Street in Worthington.

Donations can be dropped off through Christmas Day at any fire station in Franklin County.

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