Jennifer Young will be back soon Sherbrooke firefighters play Santa
Thisyear, the firefighters of the Sherbrooke Fire Department are holding their 71st Campagne de Jouets des pompiers de Sherbrooke. For seventy years they have been collecting toys and distributing them to children in need.
Although they used to collect used toys, for several years now the firefighters have been working in collaboration with Toys R Us, receiving toys from damaged boxes, slightly damaged toys that the firefighters can easily repair, and discontinued items. The firefighters also buy toys from the store with money they raise throughout the year.
To receive free toys for your children, those interested must first fill out a registration form at any of the City of Sherbrooke’s fire departments or at the Lennoxville Town Hall. On the form parents provide information about the age, sex and interests of their children and then toys are chosen specifically to meet those interests. But you have to hurry: the deadline to submit a form is December 1st. The program is not only for families in need, but also for families going through difficult times, financially or personally.
The distribution of the toys will take place on Saturday, December 17th. It begins with a parade of all the trucks filled with toys, led by a firetruck filled with firefighters, lots of smiling children, and Santa himself. The parade runs from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, leaving the firehouse at 1850 Prospect, in Sherbrooke, and continuing down Jacques Cartier and King before the trucks separate to continue on their individual routes, delivering the toys to the individual addresses.
“We have about two hundred volunteers who help on the day of the distribution, some who come with their delivery trucks,” com- mented organizer Lee Hansford. Last year about 540 families, well over one thousand children, benefitted from this generous campaign.