Firefighters host annual Holiday Helpers Drive


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Marion County – For more than 12 years Marion County Fire Rescue firefighters have helped meet the needs of families who are struggling to stay warm and bring joy into their homes during the holiday season. As part of this annual effort, MCFR firefighters are asking the community to partner with their Holiday Helpers Drive by donating clothing and toys to under privileged children this season.

In effort to give families hope for the holidays, firefighters will be collecting unwrapped toys and warm clothing for children of all ages from now through December 11, at each of MCFR’s fire stations. Firefighters can accept only new, unwrapped items. These items will then be given to families that local schools have identified as in-need.

Citizens can drop off items at MCFR Headquarters (2631 SE Third Street) or at any of the MCFR career stations listed below:

  • Anthony Station 1 Meadowood Farms Station 12 Friendship Station 21
  • Citra Station 2 Orange Springs Station 13 Rainbow Springs Station 22
  • East Marion Station 4 Salt Springs Station 15 Marion Oaks Station 24
  • South Forest Station 6 Shady Station 16 Weirsdale Station 27
  • McCoy Station 7 Silver Springs Shores Station 17 Rolling Greens Station 28
  • Orange Lake Station 9 Belleview Station 18 Spruce Creek Station 30
  • The Villages of Marion Station 10 Sparr Station 19 Ray Lloyd, Jr. Station 31
  • North Marion Station 11 Golden Ocala Station 20 Liberty Station 32

MCFR’s Holiday Helper’s toy and clothing drive is being spearheaded by Marion County Fire Fighters and the Marion County Fire Rescue Public Information Office. If you have any questions, please call Ms. Christy Moore at 352-291-8046.

MCFR Public Information Officer James Lucas said, “We are trying to make this year’s event the largest ever. We hope to reach out to 700 families who are in need.”