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Firefighters deliver scant donations

Contributions of toys by the public are down this year, while requests have increased.

December 21, 2011|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com
  • Glendale firefighters and a TelePacific communication representative unload gift bags for children at the Head Start school on Riverdale Dr. in Glendale on Wednesday, December 21, 2011. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Glendale firefighters and a TelePacific communication…

Firefighters delivered 144 toy bags Wednesday to children at the Head Start Riverdale program in Glendale.

Los Angeles-based TelePacific donated the decorative bags, which contained about 10 toys each, to the Glendale Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived at the campus in the 300 block of Riverdale Drive in the department’s ladder truck to hand out the toys.

Toy donations were down this holiday season from past years while the need for gifts increased, Firefighter Chris Mays said.

Firefighters scattered toy donation boxes throughout the city, but contributions were still low, he said.

One box at the Americana at Brand yielded just five toys in the span of a week, Mays said.

The Fire Department received 50 requests from community groups and schools for toy donations, which firefighters are still trying to fulfill, he said.


 

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