For the 15th year in a row, the Forsyth County Fire Department is looking to spread cheer to local children in need by providing them with toys this holiday season.
Through Dec. 15, residents who want to participate in Aerial’s House, the department’s signature holiday fundraiser, can drop off new, unwrapped toys for local children ages infant to 18 years old at any Forsyth County fire station, the fire department headquarters, which is at 3520 Settingdown Road, or at any of the county’s four library branches.
In addition, beginning in December, donations can be dropped off under the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 East Main Street in Cumming.
“Each year, fire department personnel look forward to this opportunity to bring a smile to children and it is great to see the community get behind the project every holiday season as well,” said Fire Chief Danny Bowman. “Because of the community’s support, the Aerial House’s toy collection has brought countless children a special holiday season over the years.”
Bowman said the department began the event in 2003 “following a number of phone calls from local parents asking if the fire department could help them with Christmas that year.”
“Since then, we have helped provide not just a toy, but a Christmas, to more than 2,000 local children,” he said.
The toy collection, he added, gets its name from a piece of equipment which is used by the Fire Department known as an aerial ladder truck.
For information regarding the distribution of toys collected through Aerial’s House, residents can call The Place of Forsyth County at (770) 887-1098. For other questions or to make a donation, call firefighter Jeff Lyons at (678) 513-5899.