Black Friday is the official kick-off for Scottsdale Fire's Annual Toy Drive. Unwrapped toys and gift cards are accepted at all Scottsdale fire stations and headquarters through Dec. 21.
"Our community is extremely generous," says Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon. "These donations help make the holiday season a little brighter for many families."
Donations are distributed to partner organizations who serve families in need. Yearly, 15,000 toys are collected through the toy drive, serving well over 1,000 families.
These agencies include:
- Paiute Neighborhood Center
- HonorHealth at Shea, Osborn and Thompson Peak
- Cardon Children’s Medical Center
- Family Promise
- Arizona Helping Hands
- Arizona Burn Foundation
The fire department is hosting the annual Ride for Toys event from 10 am-1 pm, Dec. 1, at the Target located at Frank Lloyd Wright and the Loop 101. Families get a kick out of riding the fire truck around the parking lot.
"We appreciate the partnership with Target allowing us to host this event in their parking lot year after year," says Shannon.
Here are some basic gift ideas
(PDF). (Don't forget the 12-17 year olds. Gift cards work great!)