For 48 years, Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services firefighters have played the role of Santa’s elves by helping local families in need ensure their children have something fun to unwrap for Christmas.
The department’s annual Christmas Toy Drive is once again ramping up in preparation for bringing a little Christmas joy to about 250 to 300 area families. Firefighters and community volunteers fill hundreds of blue bags for delivery day each year and can always use help collecting, bagging, and distributing toys for children ages birth to 12 years old.
“We greatly appreciate the community’s generosity in supporting this toy drive over the years and helping us make Christmas a little merrier for families who need the help,” says Fire Marshal Paul Cimino, who has been assisting with the drive since first becoming a volunteer firefighter in 1979.
“It’s wonderful to see many community members celebrate the holidays by giving back to their community.”
How to Help
Donations of new, unwrapped toys and monetary contributions are accepted at any Sierra Vista fire station until Sunday, December 22. Donations can also be made during the department’s Pack the Penske live radio remotes on Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Ace Hardware parking lot located on the southwest corner of Highway 92 and Fry Boulevard.
The toys will be bagged and tagged on Saturday, December 21, starting at 1:00 p.m. at Sierra Vista Fire Station 1, located at 1295 E. Fry Blvd. Then the toys will be delivered on Sunday, December 22, starting at about 8:00 a.m. at Fire Station 1. Anyone is welcome to volunteer their time to assist with these activities. For more information on how to help, contact Paul Cimino at (520) 417-4400.
Apply for Assistance
Parents can apply for assistance 8:00 a.m. to noon on Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7, at Sierra Vista Fire Station 3, located at 675 Giulio Cesare Avenue. Children ages 0 to 12 years old living in the Sierra Vista area are eligible to receive assistance.
- Apply in person, not on someone else’s behalf
- Present a photo ID and proof of local residency
- Present a utility bill indicating applicant’s name and address
- Present documentation for parental or legal guardianship