Chandler Fire Department seeking donations for holiday toys

Crew members from Chandler Fire Station No. 1 are ready for the annual Holiday toy Drive, which is scheduled for Dec. 5 from 2-8 p.m. at the Chandler Fashion Center. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Crew members from Chandler Fire Station No. 1 are ready for the annual Holiday toy Drive, which is scheduled for Dec. 5 from 2-8 p.m. at the Chandler Fashion Center. (Courtesy city of Chandler)

Crew members from Chandler Fire Station No. 1 are ready for the annual Holiday toy Drive, which is scheduled for Dec. 5 from 2-8 p.m. at the Chandler Fashion Center. (Courtesy city of Chandler)

The Chandler Fire Department is holding a toy drive for children who otherwise might go without during the holidays.

The toy drive will be held at Chandler Fashion Center, according to a news release from the city of Chandler. There will be a special destination built by Chandler firefighters called "Santa's Enchanted Fire Village" where visitors can meet "Fire Santa" and see his fire truck, according to the city.

The toy drive will be from 2-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Chandler Fashion Center, located at 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. The toy collection point will be in the parking lot west of the south-facing entry point of Chandler Fashion Center, according to the city.

Anyone who donates a new, unwrapped toy during the Holiday Toy Drive will receive admission into Santa’s Enchanted Fire Village. An adult must accompany all children through the village.

Chandler firefighters and volunteers will help deliver the toys to the Chandler CARE Center, where they will be distributed at a designated event to families that have been identified by staff at each Chandler USD elementary school.


“Our annual toy drive has been a tremendous success over the years. We get to witness the generosity of so many Chandler families and we, in turn, are able to fulfill the dreams of a lot of area kids,” Chandler Fire Chief Tom Dwiggins said in a news release. “This event is just another way that our fire department personnel get to partner with the people we serve and together make a difference for those in need.”

For those who cannot attend the Dec. 5 event at the mall, toy or gift card donations may be dropped off or mailed to the to the Chandler Fire Administration Headquarters at 151 E. Boston St., Chandler, from Nov. 9 through Dec. 11.


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