First Responders Organize Toy Drive For Crestline Families

  • 12/3/2018 6:12:06 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

CRESTLINE, OH - The Crestline fire and police departments are accepting donations for the First Responders' Toy Drive until December 15th. New toys in original packaging are needed for all ages, including teens, as well as wrapping paper and tape.

When Crestline Patrol Officer Brooke Dessenberg heard that the police department would not be participating in its traditional toy pass this holiday season, she decided to take a similar project on for herself. She reached out to the Crestline fire department to organize a first responders' toy drive, and the idea has been met with great enthusiasm by both departments and by the community.

Firefighter Tyler Furry, Dessenberg's partner in organizing the toy drive, told WMFD about an idea the fire department adopted from the Columbus Fire Department to make it easier for citizens to donate. Every Saturday from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, a bay at the fire department remained open for donors to drive through and drop off items. They could stay in their vehicle while volunteers unloaded the items, making it easy for elderly or disabled citizens to give.

Dessenberg said she thought hosting the toy drive would be a good way to help the community heal. The drive began in November, and so far has already massed dozens of toys and financial contributions from individuals or local businesses.

"Every little bit helps, and the more families we can help the better," said Dessenberg.

Santa Claus will be present for the Toy Pass on December 24th, which will take place between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Both departments will be there to pass the donated toys out to every family that applied.

Applications are still available for families who need assistance this holiday season, and donations will be accepted until December 15th.

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