UPDATED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 9:59pm
Temple, TX — Temple Fire and Rescue is conducting the annual Rescue Elves Toy program. The department provides toys for needy children from birth to age 18. New, unwrapped toys or cash donations may be dropped off at any Temple Fire Station until Friday, December 21.
For families struggling to put food on the table, buying gifts for their children might be out of the question. Thanks to community support, firefighters are able to provide a gift to children.
Rescue Elves works with, not in competition with other charitable programs to provide Christmas toys to needy children in the Temple area. Recipients are screened and identified through the Bell County HELP Center in Temple.
"Families who are having tough times, this is a neat way for parents to provide Christmas for their children. Parents understand. Adults understand. But, it's hard to tell a child that Santa is not coming to see them," said Temple Fire Department PIO, Thomas Pechal.
Donations are being accepted in the form of cash, check, or toy from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday. For families needing toys who didn't register, you can still get them. Just stop by the fire department with a state issued I.D., as well as birth certificates or social security cards for each child receiving gifts.
So far, about 50 families, including 150 children, have been helped. Each family is allowed to pick up three toys plus a stocking stuffer for each child.