Firefighters Come To The Holiday Rescue

By KBJR News 1

December 21, 2011 Updated Dec 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Duluth firefighters are coming to the rescue of the holiday season.

The fire department has been busy raising money to buy toys for the Salvation Army's Toyland Express.

Danyel Piecek puts us in touch with how their donation will change the lives of kids in the Northland.

Duluth Firefighters put down their hoses and grabbed a shopping cart.

"We have the fun of going out and shoppin!," said Sandy McComb, with the Duluth Fire Department.

Firefighters have been feverishly raising money to buy toys for children in need.

"We've been raising amongst ourselves and our friends and what not," said McComb.

Through generations contributions from the firefighters they were able to raise one of their highest totals.

"We raised about $3,100 in cash and plus toys that the members have purchased with their families," said McComb.

It's an event that means a lot to all the firefighters involved.

"It's just really great to see that this cause is important to our firefighters and their families," said McComb.

And then comes the fun part...

"We all get together and then we shop. And we come here to ShopKo cause they give us a great discount and their employees even donate money and the employees pitched in and donated $70," said McComb.

As of Monday, the Salvation Army was short 6,000 toys to meet the needs in the Northland this season.

Program Supervisor for The Salvation Army, Nancy Leslie, says the donation the firefighters made helped them tremendously.

"I am feeling less stressed because the toys are coming in and that means that with toys coming in there shouldn't be any child that should not go with out Christmas that has applied," said Leslie.

Sandy McComb says this is an event Duluth Firefighters look forward to every year, knowing they are making such an impact on their community.

"We go and try and get as much money as we can and it's just a good feeling that we can help the kids of the Northland here get a few extra toys for Christmas that they may not have received, so it's a good feeling," said McComb.

A feeling that fits with the season.

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