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Eighth Annual “Fill the Fire Truck” Toy Drive Reaches More Than 20,000 Children

As a result of the 8th Annual “Fill the Fire Truck” Toy Drive, the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation reached more than 20,000 children in need this holiday season with the help of local Las Vegans and participating Wal-Mart locations across the valley.
“We’re thrilled to have helped this astounding number of families and children in our community,” said Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation spokesperson Warren Whitney. “Our organization couldn’t have done it without the tremendous amount of help and support from the local community.”
Local firefighters and volunteers collected new, unwrapped toys and gift cards throughout the month of December, in addition to distributing toys to local elementary schools in-need. In 2008, the “Fill the Fire Truck” Toy Drive provided toys to more than 18,000 children of low-income families throughout Southern Nevada. For 2009, the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation provided toys to 20,031 children.
In addition to the annual toy drive, the organization was also able to provide toys to 17 of the 31 families affected by the devastating fires that occurred to a local apartment complex on December 23.
Several community service programs and organizations also partnered with Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation in order to help make this year’s toy drive a success. The following organizations provided the Burn Foundation with a list of families and their needs for this holiday season: Child Focus, Las Vegas Urban League, Hemophilia Foundation, Clark County Social Services, Family Resource Centers, Family to Family Connection programs, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, Candlelighters of Childhood Cancer of Nevada, Desert Regional Center and Transition Services, Inc. along with several low-income middle schools and local churches. Wal-Mart, Designated Drivers, House of Blues Las Vegas, Storage One and Beasley Broadcasting have also shown their support through private toy and monetary donations.

Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, a non-profit organization guided by valley firefighters from Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, North Las Vegas Fire Department Nellis Fire Department and Henderson Fire Department, is a charitable organization that reaches out to the Southern Nevada community during catastrophic situations and lends a hand in areas where other organizations are unable to help. The organization has raised more than $650,000 for the Southern Nevada community since 2003. In November 2008, the organization started their newest program, “Program Services,” providing assistance to families that have recently experienced a fire tragedy. Through a partnership with the American Red Cross the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation assist’s 6 to 10 families per month through catastrophic funds. For more information, visit .