The Worthington fire department is a one-stop drop-off site for donations of toys and food this holiday season.
Beginning Saturday, Dec. 10, the fire department will begin collecting items for Firefighters for Kids and food donations for the Worthington Food Pantry and Resource Center.
Hours for the Saturday kickoff are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., but the department will accept donations any time before Dec. 24. The firehouse is at 6500 N. High St.
Each year, firefighters collect toys to give to help make Christmas bright for needy children in central Ohio. The response in Worthington always has been heartening, Worthington Fire Chief Scott Highley said.
“It’s always great. We’ve always been one of the more active sites for the whole Firefighters for Kids program,” he said.
Donated toys must be new and unwrapped. They may be for children of all ages; however, the biggest need is gifts for boys and girls ages 8 to 11.
Cash, checks and gift cards are also welcomed.
Donors need only to drive into the lot at the fire department, where firefighters will accept the donations.
The division is partnering with the Worthington AM Rotary and the Worthington-Linworth Kiwanis to conduct the food drive at the same time as the toy drive.
In past years, the food drive was held at the Worthington Municipal Building, next door to the fire department. This year, firefighters will deliver the food to the city workers for delivery to the food pantry.
The Worthington pantry, at 445 E. Granville Road, provides food to needy families in the Worthington school district.
A list of needed food items is online at www.worthingtonfoodpantry.org.
Families in need of assistance with toys for Christmas should call the City of Columbus Call Center at 311 or visit 311.columbus.gov.