Calgary firefighters have been helping kids in need and their families at Christmas for more than 50 years.
The Calgary Firefighters Toy Association was first launched in the 1940s. Members cleaned and repaired used toys to donate to underprivileged kids.
The tradition continued throughout the following years, and while the toy repair program is no longer active, the annual Children's Christmas Party at the Stampede Corral is still a highlight of the holiday season for many Calgary families.
With the help of Calgary's two public school boards and the Salvation Army, more than 1,700 families are invited to attend this very special Christmas party. Once the guests arrive, they are treated to lunch, live entertainment and an exciting visit from Santa Clause. All children under 12 receive a gift from Santa as well as a bag of seasonal treats.
Active and retired Calgary firefighters raise up to $50,000 each year for this volunteer-run event. Calgary fire halls will also accept new, unwrapped toys to give to the children.
ALL new toys should be dropped off at any local fire hall on behalf of the Calgary Firefighters Toy Association.
For more information about the Calgary Firefighters Toy Association, please contact Jamie Blayney at email@example.com.