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Rescuing Christmas
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Rescue Squad volunteer Joel Tate has his arms full of fluff as he carries a giant teddy bear during the Toy Drive on Saturday. - photo by Lacy Garrison

The Rescue Squad building was transformed into the North Pole on Saturday as volunteers loaded lots of toys and goodies into backseats and truck beds. Volunteers began bright and early distributing the first box around 7:50 a.m. 

From bikes to giant teddy bears, volunteers loaded each vehicle while sharing a quick smile and “Merry Christmas” with families.

“It’s a joyous time for most, but for struggling families, this time of year can be stressful and even sad,” said volunteer Travis Young. “Parents barely getting by still want their children to experience the joy and excitement of receiving toys. Thankfully, this toy drive helps fill that need.”

According to Rescue Squad chief Chad Hillis, approximately 575 children received a box of toys.

“I can’t stress enough that this is a community effort,” said Hillis. “It’s been a great day and we’re happy to help local children with Christmas gifts.”

From January through March, the Rescue Squad will be offering breakfast plates on Saturdays from 6 to 9:30 a.m. for $7 a plate to raise money for new equipment.