Firefighters 4 Kids

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — NBC4 is partnering with the Columbus Division of Fire, CME Federal Credit Union, CAS, 97.9 WNCI and 93.3 The Bus to hold the 43rd annual NBC4 Firefighters 4 Kids Toy Drive on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m, at CAS.

The toy drive returns in 2021, after being affected by the coronavirus pandemic last year. Firefighters 4 Kids will be held at CAS, located down the road from the NBC4 Studios at 2540 Olentangy River Road in Columbus. 

CAS, an NBC4 community partner, will host the donation day on their campus to collect new, unwrapped toys, gift cards and monetary donations to help make the holiday season special for local children.  Donations can also be made at Franklin County fire stations or any CME Federal Credit Union location through Dec. 24.

Sunday, December 12
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Located at CAS
2540 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202

“Speaking for all the women and men of NBC4, we are thrilled to resume the greatest toy drive in the Midwest— Firefighters 4 Kids!” said NBC4 Vice President and General Manager Ken Freedman. “This will be the 43rd year of NBC4 working with our firefighter friends to make sure no child is forgotten this holiday season.  As we enter the holiday season and take stock of all we have and all we’ve been through, we ask 4’s Army viewers to join us to raise the spirits of those children and families that need a little help to brighten their holiday. CAS, just south of NBC4 and just north of The Ohio State University on Olentangy River Rd., has generously volunteered their location as a drop-off site. The one thing that never ceases to amaze is the generosity of our central Ohio region and NBC4 is proud to continue one of the greatest annual events on our calendar.  Firefighters 4 Kids is just one more way that NBC4 demonstrates how we are ‘LOCAL 4 YOU’!”

“CME Federal Credit Union was founded by Columbus Firefighters in 1935, and we have been a proud supporter of NBC4’s Firefighters 4 Kids toy drive for 14 years and have donated over $250,000 to this great cause!” said Brian Warner, President and CEO CME Federal Credit Union. “Our staff members volunteer their time at the warehouse sorting toys and assisting at the toy drive drop off as part of our Community Means Everything program. We hope you’ll support the Firefighters 4 Kids toy drive, and donate a new, unwrapped toy at one of CME’s convenient locations or any Central Ohio Fire Station between now and Dec. 24.  Let’s work together to make this a wonderful holiday for all central Ohio children!”

“The holiday season is a time of giving.  Many families are still struggling and CAS wants to do its part to spread joy among the children of Central Ohio,” said Dr. Michael Dennis, Vice President CAS. “CAS is proud to partner with NBC4 and the Columbus Fire Department to open our campus for everyone to drop off toys.”

“After a crazy and complicated 2020, Firefighters 4 Kids will be able to return to assist families in the Columbus area in 2021,” said Mike Mullens, Founder of Firefighters 4 Kids. “During 2020, the program faced many challenges like many other non-profits and businesses in central Ohio. Fundraising was put on a hold, and the annual NBC4 Toy Drive was unable to take place. In the true nature of giving, the Firefighters 4 Kids program did provide toys to several local agencies in and around Columbus to allow them to assist families that may come to them while the program was out of service. This has caused a dramatic depletion in any toy inventory and funds that the program has for the 2021 toy program. This year, with the comeback of the program, NBC4 will also sponsor the toy drive at a new location and with renewed energy to help the families in Columbus. Stay tuned for more details on how you can help, and when signups will begin for this Christmas season.”

Families needing assistance can register in person at local agencies. For locations, call the Columbus City Services Call Center at 614-645-3111.

You can donate online by credit card at Check or money order donations are also accepted:

CME Federal Credit Union
Attn: Firefighters 4 Kids Toy Drive
365 S. Fourth Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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