The Saline Area Fire Department is beginning its annual Toys for Tots drive.
Every year, the fire department drive collects hundreds of toys for approximately 150 Saline kids from families served by Saline Area Social Service.
Saline Fire Chief Craig Hoeft said the toy collection boxes will be set up at the firehouse and in the offices of Saline Area Schools this week.
“We want to make sure every kid in Saline gets a few gifts at Christmas,” Hoeft said. “The community always generously supports this. That’s just the way Saline is.”
People can drop off toys in the boxes at the firehouse or in the school office.
On Dec. 6, several businesses in The Oaks shopping plaza are holding a “stuff a bus” event, inviting people to the plaza to stuff a bus filled with toys that will go to Saline kids.
Toys should be unopened and in their original packaging. Hoeft expects the drive will provide toys for about 150 kids this year.
“We try to do three or four for each kid,” he said.
The community donates generously every year. But there seem to be a disproportionate amount of gifts aimed at the youngest kids.
“We do well with the little guys. But the toughest thing is making sure we have enough gifts for the older kids, between 9 and 12,” Hoeft said.
The drive wraps up Dec. 14 to give volunteers a day to wrap the gifts at the firehouse. The toys are then delivered by fire truck to Saline Area Social Service.