The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department's (MDFR) annual Holiday Toy Drive was very successful. People from all walks of life opened their hearts and brought new unwrapped toys to MDFR fire stations. For the past 20 years, the toy drive has benefited needy families and children experiencing health issues.
In partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, on December 28, 2011, MDFR's Hazmat 17 unit made a special toy delivery to a four-year old boy who has leukemia. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Additionally, on December 4, 2011, student volunteers visited the Wal-Mart Superstore in Pembroke Pines and shopped for toys with money donated by the Local 1403 Metro-Dade Firefighters Union. This Wal-Mart store has been gracious enough to match the funds donated by the union for the past ten years. Families who receive the toys are referred by local organizations such as churches, schools, community centers and firefighters who respond to homes of needy families on emergency calls.
For more information regarding the toy drive efforts and if you would like to be part of it next year, please contact Firefighter Karen Joseph at 305-519-8553.