As the holiday season approaches, the Richmond Fire Department is asking for the community's assistance in order to help others.
For years, the department has given back by participating in the Toys for Kids program, which provides toys for local kids during the holiday season.
Typically, the staff at RFD is able to finance such an event through fundraising efforts throughout the year.
But as 2020 has unfolded and left countless events canceled, officials at RFD have not been able to set aside enough money to do as much as in previous years.
Because of this, organizers with the event took to Facebook on Wednesday to ask for monetary donations from the public so they can continue to purchase toys for local children.
“The ongoing pandemic has caused the cancelation of fundraising events that support our efforts financially,” the post reads. “Now we need the community's help to continue on meeting the growing needs of families and children in our community. We are in need of monetary support so that we can continue the legacy of providing toys to families in need for Christmas.”
According to Sam Kirby, the city’s fire chief, the department is limited simply because COVID-19 forced them to shut everything down.
“We would like to see more so we can do more for our families in need,” he said.
Last year, his department was able to spend $150 on 75 children that signed up and provided a list of their needs and wants.
From bedding and clothes, to toys and dolls; Kirby said they aim to get everything on the list.
However this year, the amount able to be spent and the number of kids the department can buy for, remains unknown due to lack of finances.
“We have some money set aside, but it is limited more than we were last year and we are waiting to see what the finances look like to see where we are going to cap the amount of kids we buy for,” he explained.
In order to serve as many kids as they can, the department is asking for monetary donations to help buy toys for kids this Christmas.
Monetary donations can be dropped off at Richmond Fire Station 1 located at 200 N. Madison Avenue, directly behind the Richmond Post Office. If you have questions about how you may help support the program contact RFD at 859-623-1164.