Thursday February 2nd, 2023 3:25AM

Forsyth County Fire Department asks for citizen participation in Christmas toy program

By Natalie Sadler Anchor/Reporter
With the Christmas season around the corner, the Forsyth County Fire Department needs citizens to help with its Aerial House’s toy collection program. This program will brighten the holiday for Forsyth County families who are unable to afford Christmas gifts.
This will be the 20th anniversary of the program, which was started in 2002 by retired Fire Chief Danny Bowman after he learned about the community’s needy families.
Families who are unable to afford a Christmas gift for their children will receive help from the fire department and generous Forsyth County citizens. The fire department is collecting gifts for children, ranging from newborns to 18-year-olds. 
Officials have requested items such as new, unwrapped toys, gift cards to retailers and new and/or gently used coats for children and adults. These gifts can be dropped off at the Fire Department, located at 3520 Settingdown Road, until Dec. 9. The Aerial House’s toy collection program will continue to accept gifts after that date, but donations should be dropped off under the Christmas tree inside the Forsyth County Administration Building lobby.
The Aerial House got its name from a piece of firefighting equipment called the aerial ladder truck. 
“The Fire Department is honored to continue a wonderful initiative that brings joy to children and families during such a special time of the year,” Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers said in a press release. “We appreciate the community’s support for this program.”
Call The Place of Forsyth County at (770) 887-1098 to receive more information about toy distribution. Additionally, for questions regarding large drop offs, you can call Firefighter Jeff Lyons at (678) 513-5899.
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