The Houston Fire Department in 2020 set a goal to provide gifts and toys for 7,000 area families. This year, they are planning to raise the bar by looking to assist up to 10,000 families.
The department is kicking off its annual Operation Stocking Stuffer toy giveaway for area children starting Nov. 5 thru Dec. 15, 2021. For the next few weeks Houston Firefighters will work alongside with the community and corporate sponsors to collect and distribute toys and gifts to families in need.
The toys collected will be distributed Dec. 18, 2021. The socially distant, drive through event will begin at 9 a.m. at Dick Graves Park, located at 2000 Reed Rd. This year’s toy drive will not require registration and will operate on a first come first serve format.
“2021 has been a year of challenges. Not only for our city but for the entire country. With the end of the year fast approaching, the Houston Fire Department is excited to announce that our annual toy drive, Operation Stocking Stuffer will be kicking off Nov. 5,” said Chief Sam Pena, Houston Fire Department.
“Working with our title sponsor Shell and other incredible partners and contributors, our goal is to bring holiday joy to thousands of families who otherwise might not be able to purchase toys this holiday season. It is widely regarded that Houstonians are some of the most generous people anywhere and we would like to call upon them to help us help those less fortunate by donating to Operation Stocking Stuffer.”
HFD has partnered alongside businesses and community volunteers for decades, working together for one of the largest holiday toy drives in the City. The history of this toy drive dates back to a Houston school teacher, Lorugene Young, and her legacy lives on.
Visit the Operation: Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive link for more information.