Toy story: Final days to participate in Firefighters’ Holiday Toy Drive
BULLHEAD CITY — The Mohave Valley Daily News is in the final stretch of its effort to collect toys for the Bullhead City Firefighters’ Holiday Toy Drive.
So far, the newspaper is about 200 items short of its goal of gathering 800 toys.
Circulation Manager Donna Montoya said an abundance of toys have come in, and that the newspaper will keep collecting items beyond the original deadline of today. Toys may be dropped off as late as Tuesday morning, Montoya said.
Areas where the shortage is particularly notable are appropriate gifts for tweens and teens.
“Games and stuff like that, we could really use,” Montoya said.
The Daily News has been participating in the toy drive for 16 years, as a way of giving back to the community, and appreciate the efforts community members make to bring Christmas joy to those whose families don’t have the means to do so, she said.
Capt. Jeff Jackson, who has run the firefighters’ program for the past 10 years, said Thursday that he is optimistic that the toy drive will collect the roughly $100,000 in toys it will need.
The drive will benefit children in Bullhead City, Yucca, Lake Havasu City and Searchlight, Nevada, Jackson said.
It recently was expanded to the Meadview/Dolan Springs area.
This year, Jackson said, each child will receive one large gift, five small gifts and a game.
The toy drive is hosting a pair of events this weekend at local restaurants.
w Chili’s, 600 Highway 95, will have a push-up challenge — from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, firefighters will do two push-ups for every dollar donated to the toy drive.
w Sunday, the drive will raffle off $4,300 worth of prizes at Buffalo Wild Wings, 2040 Highway 95. The major prizes, for which the winner need not be present: a recliner from Mattressland & Furniture; a $500 gift card from Ashley Furniture HomeStore; a 55-inch smart TV from RentCo of Fort Mohave; and an impact drill set from Home Depot. Other prizes include hotel stays, gift cards, gift baskets, tools and a custom painted fire helmet.
Recipients of toys from the annual drive are vetted through The Salvation Army; those falling below the federal poverty level are automatically qualified, Jackson said.
Today is the final day for sign-ups. Families may register their children (13 and younger) between 9 a.m. and noon at The Salvation Army, 1461 Palma Road in Bullhead City.
Anyone wishing to apply should bring photo ID for the head of household, proof of identification showing date of birth (such as school or immunization records or birth certificates) for the children in the household, proof of address and proof of income.
Firefighters will be picking up toys Monday at about 20 locations, including the Daily News and several Laughlin casinos. Jackson will travel the route in a vintage fire engine.
Local families will pick up their gifts Dec. 22 and 23 at Fire Station No. 1, and toys for other children will be delivered to their communities.
Jackson guessed that there are “a minimum of 40 business sponsoring the program in some way.”