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Sparky the Fire Pup will be hand for Corinth Fire Department Stuff A Fire Truck Toy Drive to be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 26, 27, 28 in front of Walmart. Toys can also be dropped off any all four Corinth fire stations from now through Sunday, Nov. 28.

Firefighters are known for saving valuable property from devastating structure fires.

And as certified First Responders and the first to arrive on the scene of any emergency situation, firemen also save lives.

The dedicated men and women of the Corinth Fire Department have another project underway this holiday season which involves giving back to the community they serve.

Firefighters are in need of the public’s help in this project.

The Stuff A Fire Truck Toy Drive will be held during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend as firefighters collect new toys to deliver to the Department of Human Services for children in local foster care.

In its sixth year, Corinth Fire Department Training Officer Jerry Whirley said over 100 kids in local foster care are in need of a brighter Christmas.

“We need new toys for kids of all ages,” said Whirley. “We work with case workers with DHS to be sure these children have a great Christmas.”

Corinth’s 52 full-time firefighters from all four stations will be taking different shifts to collect toys in front of Walmart from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26, 27, 28.

Firefighters seek new toys from infant through teen-agers for both boys and girls, he said.

In addition to toys, firemen will take monetary donations to purchase toys and diapers and wipes for the little foster infants, noted Whirley.

Although the Stuff A Fire Truck Toy Drive is in front of Walmart, toys can be purchased from anywhere, he said.

“We appreciate the location, for sure,” said the training officer. “But the public can purchase toys from the business of their choice.”

Sparky the Fire Pup will be on hand during the drive and a surprise visit from Santa Claus may happen as it did last year, he said.

“We appreciate the public’s support over the last six years on this very worthy cause,” said Whirley. “We hope folks will step forward once again. There is a big need out there.”

Toys can also be dropped off at any of the four fire stations in Corinth anytime from now until Sunday, Nov. 28:

Station #1 – At Corinth City Hall on Childs Street;

Station #2 – On Highway 2 Northeast across from Afton;

Station #3 – On Norman Road behind Blue Sky on U.S 72; and,

Station #4 – On South Harper Road across from the Social Security Administration office.

(For more information about the Stuff A Fire Truck Toy Drive, contact Jerry Whirley at 662-415-2110.)

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A 1981 University of Tennessee - Martin graduate, Mark Boehler has over 40 years of journalism experience. His wife Dawn is the love of his life and they share five grown children and 10 grandchildren. His passion is his work - writing and photography.

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