County Fire Stations Participating in Holiday Toy Drive
The Clark County Fire Department is teaming up with the Southern Nevada Firefighter Burn Foundation and United Citizens Foundation to support the 11th annual “Fill the Fire Truck” holiday toy drive from Thanksgiving night through Sunday, Dec.16.
The first toy drive event kicks off on Thanksgiving night at 10 p.m. outside the Wal-Mart store at 540 Marks St., near Sunset Road, in Henderson. Volunteers will be on hand until 4 a.m. Friday to collect donations from early-bird shoppers.
Other “Fill the Fire Truck” events will be held the first three weekends in December at participating Wal-Marts. Throughout the donation drive period, residents also can donate unwrapped toys or gift cards at any local Clark County Fire Station during business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. A list of Clark County fire stations is posted on the Fire Department’s website pages.
“We are proud to participate in this toy drive every year to help make the holidays brighter for our local kids,” said Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington. “The firefighters you see outside stores are volunteering their off-duty time to this great cause, and the number of donations has gone up since the start of the recession thanks to our generous community.”
Last year 18,500 local children received gifts as a result of the firefighter toy drive. The toys are distributed to children through local government agencies, churches, and charities. The list of participating organizations includes the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, the Salvation Army, Family to Family Resource Centers and the Las Vegas Urban Leagues. All local fire departments are participating in the toy drive. “Fill the Fire Truck” collection sites will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 at the following Wal-Mart locations:
- 7200 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy., near Rainbow & I-215, #4356
- 8060 W. Tropical Pkwy., #2884
- 6464 N. Decatur Blvd., near the North I-215, #3351
- 4350 N. Nellis Blvd., near Craig Road, #2837
- 540 Marks St., near Sunset Road, #2838
For more information about the toy drive or the Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, contact the organization at (702) 485-6820 or www.theburnfoundation.org.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 42 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.