Still time to donate to Firefighters for Kids

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COLUMBUS (WCMH)– More than 12,000 kids in central Ohio will have something to look forward to this Christmas thanks to a lot of toy donations. 

Bins are a filled with toys, but we are still taking donations especial for children ages 13 and 14. 

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Doug Smith said to help this families is very gratifying. 
 
“To see these people and the looks on their face, seeing that they’re going to have something for their child to open Christmas Day is really, really heartwarming.”
 
It is that feeling that several parents who came in to pick up toys for their children felt today as well. Erika Moses Ford was one of them. 
 
“This is a blessing,” said Moses Ford. “To be able to go somewhere and get that help it’s amazing.”
 
Erika has two kids of her own and three others through foster care. 
She just finished colleged and since August has been a student teacher, meaning she does not get paid. 
It’s something her six and seven year old kids won’t understand. 

Her advice to anyone who can still donate? 
 
“Do it. It’s changing people’s lives It really is. It brings jot joy to children and it brings joy to the adults who can do this for their kids that can’t do it.”
 
Erika said this event means so much to her that she will be giving back as well to her students and any other way she can. 

If you can to give and donate toys or even gift cards you can drop them off at any central Ohio fire station by Christmas Eve. 

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