On Saturday, December 7 Trinidad Firefighters and volunteers from the community came together to wrap gifts for the annual Fireman’s Toy Drive. The annual event began in 1979 and has been giving to children in need in Trinidad every year since.
Trinidad Fire Department Captain Drew Gatlin said firefighters and several organizations came together to help wrap presents.
“There were around 30 volunteers that came together to wrap presents for the kids this year,” said Captain Gatlin. “All the firefighters, the National Honors Society from Trinidad High School, LiveWell Dispensary, and students and staff from Trinidad State Junior College all came out to help. We also got a big donation from Evergreen that helped us a lot and they helped us wrap as well.”
Captain Gatlin said because of the generosity of the community, they’re able to give gifts to 207 children this year.
“People always tell us thanks,” said Capt. Gatlin, “but I always tell them it wouldn’t be possible without the community and businesses donating and volunteers coming to help wrap. This is a community effort and it takes everybody.”
On Saturday, December 14 families came to pick up gifts but Capt. Gatlin said it’s not too late to still donate to children in need.
“We do accept toy donations year round of new, unused, unwrapped toys,” said Capt. Gatlin, “of course we get most of our donations during the holiday season but we do get some donations throughout the year. We have fundraisers throughout the year and people will drop off toys.”
Capt. Gatlin said the department also accepts monetary donations for toys to be bought.
“We do accept monetary donations and we’ll buy toys if we need them during the year,” said Capt. Gatlin. “We have gotten some monetary donations this year but mostly toys.”
Not only do they help brighten children’s holidays, but they also are around throughout the year to bring toys to kids in need.
“If there’s a family during the year that has a house fire and kids loose their toys or if there’s a sick child in the hospital that needs a toy, we’re here to help with that year round,” said Capt. Gatlin.
If anyone is interested in giving, Capt. Gatlin said to call the local Trinidad Fire Department at 719-846-3411 and they would gladly accept donations anytime.