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Oswego Toys for Tots Has Record Year

Dec 19, 2014 11:46AM ● By Steven Jack

The Oswego Toys for Tots program collected over 4,000 toys and 48 bicycles this year. (Photo courtesy the Oswego Fire Protection District)

Oswego's Toys for Tots program collected over 4,000 toys for needy children this year. 

On Thursday, Dec. 18, the Wooley Road Fire Station was transformed into a dining facility/toy collection site as over 200 people, including 50 District 308 junior high students, worked to collect and organize the toys donated throughout the community. 

This is the eighth year of the Oswego Toys for Tots program, and according to a fire district news release, this year's collection set a record. The toy drive is done in conjunction with the five District 308 junior highs, the Oswego Fire Protection District, the United States Marine Corps and the Oswegoland Optimist Club.

"A huge thank you goes out to all who worked so hard to make this program a success," the release said.

As part of the program, Oswego firefighters also were able to buy 48 bicycles for children. The purchase was made possible with funds donated by fire department employees and a $2,200 donation from Meijer. 

The toys will be distributed through the Optimist Club's Needy Family Christmas Project on Saturday, Dec. 20. 

Volunteers are still being sought to help with deliveries starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Email to volunteer.

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