By James B. Bartle
The economy has brought many challenges to fund raising events this year, however Sullivan has continued to help take care of their own with various fundraisers this year. The Sullivan Fire District is hoping to see that continue with their “Annual Toy Drive” for the Meramec Community Mission. The program is also sponsored by KTUI Radio/John Rice, Missouri Baptist Hospital Ambulance personnel and Sullivan Independent News.
In 2011 the fire department, along with the generous support of many residents, businesses, and organizations were able to help bring toys to more than 376 children.
“This year we are facing a tough challenge in that we have been told that there will be some 400 plus children needing our help to make Christmas a little brighter,” said Sullivan Fire Chief Rich White. “This is our seventh year of chairing the toy drive and we don’t want to let anyone down.”
One way people can help is attending the fire department’s open house on Thurs., Dec. 6, by making a donation at the free breakfast served from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This is a monthly event that raises money for the toy drive all year long thanks to the contributions of the breakfast from St. Anthony Parish volunteers.
The second way to help is by simply bringing a toy or cash donation to area drop off locations. The locations include: Sullivan Fire Station One and Five, Chamber of Commerce, Sullivan Independent News, KTUI Radio, Fidelity Communications, Bank of Sullivan, First State Community Bank, Peoples Bank, Missouri Baptist Hospital, American Family Insurance-Marilyn Lakner, Strauser Drugs, Central Market, Sullivan Sports and Rehab, Mid-West Dental, Pro-Rehab, West Brothers Ford, Chevrolet, GMC and Chrysler, Sullivan High School and Meramec Group.
“We really enjoy helping with the toy drive, it’s such a great program in Sullivan,” said White. “Our district residents have helped us so much over the years and we need their support once again. Anyone who would like more information on the toy drive or like to make a donation presentation may contact us at 573-468-6161.”