A busy month ahead for Hillsboro Firefighters Toy and Joy
Each year, Hillsboro Firefighters work together with local groups including the Hillsboro Elks Lodge, Washington County Chapter of ABATE, Hillsboro Police, Cornell Estates Retirement & Assisted Living Residence and others to collect toys and raise money to provide needed food and toys to hundreds of families during the holiday season. The program is currently coordinated by the Hillsboro Firefighter's Random Acts organization and hopes to raise $13,000 towards this year's outreach.
"We couldn't do this without the generous support of our Hillsboro partners and the Hillsboro community," said Hillsboro Firefighters Toy and Joy coordinator Ryan Grimaldi. "We are thankful for the opportunity to help where we can this holiday season."
Last Saturday the Hillsboro Firefighters Toy and Joy program kicked off with a roar as over 100 motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at Hillsboro Fire Station #3 to participate in the annual Stan Johnson Memorial Toy Run sponsored by Washington County ABATE. The ride ended at the Hillsboro Elks Lodge where a utility trailer full of toys and a check for over $2,000 were donated.
Long time Toy and Joy partners Cornell Estates Retirement & Assisted Living Residence will hold their 13th annual Christmas Marketplace Bazaar on Saturday, November 23rd from 9:00am - 3:00pm. All vendor fees and donations from the event will benefit the Hillsboro Firefighters Toy and Joy program. Last year Cornell Estates donated $3,300 to the program. This year's goal is $3,500.
Also on Saturday from 9:00am - 4:00pm the Hillsboro Elks Lodge will be hosting a "Turkey Shoot" fund raiser at the Hillsboro Trap and Skeet Club. The event is open to the public and all proceeds will benefit the Hillsboro Firefighters Toy and Joy/Christmas Basket program.
The week after Thanksgiving, firefighters will be placing Toy and Joy collection barrels at all Hillsboro Fire Stations and various business locations around town.
On Saturday, December 8th at 9:00am Hillsboro Firefighters will shop at Fred Meyer on Imbrie Drive to purchase over $9,000 of additional toys and essentials.
Toy and Joy barrels will be collected the week of Dec. 16th and all donated toys will be delivered to the Hillsboro Elks Lodge where volunteers match requests for assistance with the collected toys and food items.
On the morning of December 21st volunteers from the Hillsboro Elks Lodge and Hillsboro Fire volunteers will deliver the gift baskets throughout the community.
New toys or cash donations can be dropped off and any Hillsboro Fire Station. Monetary donations can be made online at: http://hfra.us/events/toyjoy/
Donations of canned food can be dropped of at the Hillsboro Elks Lodge, 21865 NW Quatama Road