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As adults, most of us know Christmas isn’t about what is under the tree but who’s around it. As for the children a little something to unwrap is exciting on Christmas morning but that doesn’t always come easy for every family. Even the hardest working American can fall into hard times from time to time. For various reasons, some families struggle especially during the holiday seasons when priorities of mortgages/rent, utility bills and grocery bills take up most of their income. The Hartford City Fire Department will be holding their annual Boot and Toy Drive to help those families out.

On Saturday, November 30 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., travelers will get a little Christmas cheer as they drive down State Road 3 when they see Santa Claus and the HC firefighters collecting monetary donations for their annual Toy and Boot Drive. Unwrapped, new toys and monetary donations can also be dropped off at either the HCFD or the Lighthouse Church anytime from now until Christmas. 

All donations go to the Lighthouse Church where they then purchase gifts with the monetary donations and have a wrap party one night where they wrap all the gifts to be delivered. During the wrap party the community members have a good time wrapping presents, eating cookies and enjoying one another’s company. Families then come pick up the gifts or the Lighthouse Church delivers the gifts to those who can’t get out to pick them up. 

The Lighthouse Church uses a charity tracker database to keep assistance organized and helps reduce the opportunity for abuse of assistance. The database is used to record which families have received assistance and who still needs assistance ensuring each family receives the help they need. 

The Hartford City Fire Department has participated with the Toy Drive for about 26 years and they raised an estimated $1800 last year through their annual Boot Drive. 

The Toy Drive is accomplished by the efforts of the HCFD, the Lighthouse Church and the community coming together to provide monetary and gift donations.