Jen­nifer Young will be back soon Sher­brooke fire­fight­ers play Santa

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke Len­noxville

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.

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