The Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department is collecting new and unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program through Dec. 18.
Donations are accepted in person between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily at any of the four Brentwood Fire and Rescue Stations, the John P. Holt Brentwood Library, the Brentwood Service Center and City Hall.
With COVID-19 continuing to spread in the community, a virtual option to donate is also available this year through Amazon and GraceWorks Ministries at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/K9N67GF02TVH?ref_=wl_share.
The partnership with the United States Marine Corps Reserves and GraceWorks Ministries helps provide gifts for underprivileged children throughout the Middle Tennessee. In the 2019 campaign, nearly 1,000 toys and an estimated value of more than $12,500 were collected.
“This is our 12th year collecting for Toys for Tots,” Brentwood Fire and Rescue Chief Brian Goss said. “Over the past decade, the community has provided thousands of children with a little bit of holiday cheer. We hope to continue that success this year and invite everyone to give anything they can.”
Sergeant Tony Callahan with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, is the Nashville Area Marine Corps Toys for Tots program coordinator. He’s excited for this year’s program.
“Toys for Tots continues to assist millions of families nationwide,” he said. “This would not be possible without organizations like Brentwood Fire & Rescue who were instrumental in the success of the 2019 Toys for Tots campaign in Williamson County. Toys for Tots is excited to work with Brentwood Fire & Rescue again this year.”
The United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation oversees the nationwide program that serves over 500 communities in all 50 states. It’s an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity.
Toys for Tots has been recognized as a top-rated charity with 97% of your donations going to their mission of providing toys, books and other gifts to less fortunate children.
Businesses or other organizations operating as a public collection site should contact Rebecca Hitt at GraceWorks Ministries, 615-794-9055, to have toys picked up.