(Photo by Nick Delgado)
HARKER HEIGHTS (December 18, 2013) Christmas will be a little brighter for 146 families going through hard financial times in Harker Heights, thanks to the city’s firefighters, who’ve spent the last several weeks collecting food and toys, said Glenn Gallenstein, deputy fire chief.
"We received donations from the public and also fundraising from the Harker Heights Lions Club, and also we have other community helpers such as the Canteen in Harker Heights, a lot of our real estate agencies have given us large cash donations," he said.
The gifts will be given to 298 children in need this year.
This is the 25th year the fire department has held the toy drive.
"They go really quick so we also have cash donations, which is going to allow us to buy toys," he said.
"We are going to be spending all that. Every penny we get is going to be going to the citizens of Harker Heights and it stays locally."
Families will be treated to a holiday meal, as the children open their gifts this Friday at the fire station.
"We are really proud of our citizens of Harker Heights They come through every year and make sure that their neighbors are helped and that nobody goes wanting in these holiday times."