Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services employees hold some of the toys that have been donated to the agency’s annual Toys for Tots effort.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services is once again serving as an official collection site for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.

Fire department officials said this is the department’s eighth year partnering with Toys for Tots and are confident that the community will once again donate to help families in need. In the wake of the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the demand for toys will be much greater this year, which means donations are more important than ever, organizers said. Many families have suffered financially and will not be able to provide new toys for their children this holiday season.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services will be accepting toys at all county fire stations between through Friday, Dec. 18. To keep everyone safe during donation collections, department officials ask donors to continue to follow safety guidelines by maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask while dropping off donations. Drop boxes will be located inside the fire truck bay at each fire station. Fire department personnel will assist in locating the drop boxes and collecting donations. It is requested that donors call the individual fire station’s non-emergency number to arrange a drop-off time. Donors who are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to wait to drop off their donations when they are symptom-free. In addition, those who prefer to make a monetary donation can do so through the Toys for Tots website at www.atlantatoysfortots.org.

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