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Rescue Squad still in need of new toys
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The Warren County Rescue Squad has been collecting toys all year in order for underprivileged children in the community to have a memorable Christmas. According to Rescue Squad director Fred Hillis, the squad will provide gifts to approximately 600 children this year.
“Last year we donated to over 900 children. This year we have maybe 600 on our list. I believe part of the kids have moved out of the county as their families are looking for work,” Hillis said.
Unfortunately, Hillis said toy drive donations are down so far this year. “We are unusually short on toys this year, more so than this time last year,” Hillis said.
Hillis said the Warren County Toy Ride being held tomorrow will bring in more toys for the squad to give away. The Toy Ride will leave the Big Lots parking lot tomorrow, Dec. 8, promptly at noon. Anyone driving any type of vehicle can participate. Toy Ride organizers ask participants to bring a new, unwrapped toy appropriate for children under age 10.
Grayson Mayfield has been a member of the Rescue Squad for two years. He said, “Seeing the smile on the kids’ faces when they get toys ... well, you can’t get any better than that.”
Rescue Squad member Tim Womack said he started volunteering with the squad because, “I thought about being an EMT, but I would rather volunteer and help somebody than be paid to help somebody. I really enjoy the toy drive.”
Hillis said the Rescue Squad takes toy donations year round. The Rescue Squad is located at 524 Sparta Street. To schedule a toy drop-off call 473-7023.
“We will deliver toys this year on Dec. 22,” Hillis said.