The Port Orange and Daytona Beach fire departments are joining forces with Mid Florida Community Head Start and local businesses to collect and deliver toys for local children this holiday season. The third-annual Toy Store is coordinated by First Baptist Church Daytona in December.
"It's the community partnering with the community, giving joy and showing them that the community has a very good heart," Volunteer Event Coordinator Kathy Meagher said.
Organizers are asking community members to donate unwrapped toys that can be distributed to children at Head Start locations in Port Orange and Daytona Beach. The church, located at 118 N. Palmetto Ave., will also be collecting unwrapped toys on Sunday, Dec. 3, to later be given away on Dec. 5, 6 and 7. However, an application must be filled out before toys can be picked up.
Then, on Tuesday, Dec. 19, the fire departments are set to drive their fire trucks to the Head Start locations to drop off the toys. According to Meagher, the fire departments are expected to bring children more than 110 gifts to Port Orange children in the morning and children in Daytona afterward.
Meager said last year they collected enough toys that they were able to give each child two presents.
"It's just so heartwarming," Meagher said. " ... They're just so proud of their gifts."
For more information or to fill out an application, visit firstbaptist.org.
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