City’s Toys for Tots program still accepting applications, donations

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 11/26/17

SUMITON — The Sumiton Fire Department is continuing its annual Toys for Tots program, which is still accepting participants and donations.

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City’s Toys for Tots program still accepting applications, donations

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SUMITON — The Sumiton Fire Department is continuing its annual Toys for Tots program, which is still accepting participants and donations.

Each year, the Sumiton Fire Department holds road blocks to raise donations and work with the local schools to make sure any eligible children are registered for the Toys for Tots program.

To be eligible for the program, kids must be under 13 years old and either live in the City of Sumiton or attend Sumiton Elementary School or Sumiton Middle School. Organizers ask that those who sign up only do so if they would not be able to provide at Christmas, as opposed to just trying to buy more for Christmas.

Fire Department Capt. Mike Hammock said they haven’t had as many children sign up yet as in past years and kids can still sign up. He also encouraged local businesses to donate to help with the program.

Hammock also stressed that 100 percent of the funds raised are used for the Toys for Tots program in Sumiton and not in other cities.

Kids are usually given around $75 each to spend on presents they want from Wal-Mart in Sumiton. On Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 a.m., registered children are able to come to the store and, once they’re checked in, choose from any items they want in the toy section, with items totalling approximately $75 for each child.

Last year, the fire department helped 230 local children, although that was one of the lowest years the program has had, according to Fire Chief David Waid. The department was able to raise nearly $20,000 for the program last year, which Mayor Petey Ellis said at the time was the most they have ever raised.

“Any donations are appreciated and will be used to help area children have a better Christmas,” Hammock said.

Although the firefighters have finished their road blocks for the year, people can give donations to Sumiton City Clerk Judy Glover at City Hall or donate online prior to Dec. 10 at www.gofundme.com/sumiton-fire-christmas-toy-drive.