By Tracy Demetropolis
ANTHEM — Sick and underprivileged children in the Phoenix area and Black Canyon City will have a brighter Christmas this year thanks to Daisy Mountain Firefighters Charities (DMFC) and members of the local community.
DMFC’s ninth annual Christmas toy drive begins Nov. 29 outside the Anthem Walmart, 4435 W. Anthem Way. Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical employees and their families will be collecting new toys and cash donations for the three weekends after Thanksgiving.
Donations can also be dropped off at one of the five Daisy Mountain fire stations, which are listed at www.daisymountainfire.org.
The toys will be distributed to children at three local hospitals – Valleywise Health Medical Center, Honor Health Deer Valley Medical Center and Honor Health Sonoran Health and Emergency Center, said Jon Binsbacher President of DMFC. Cash donations will be used to help 12 local adopted families and to fulfill Christmas tree angel gift requests in Black Canyon City.
“The community is so amazing,” Binsbacher said. “We couldn’t do this without them. They are the heroes, not us.”
More than 6,000 toys were donated in 2018, filling a 26-foot truck top to bottom with toys, Binsbacher said, adding that enough toys were donated in 2018 to last Valleywise Health for one year.
Toy drive hours the weekend after Thanksgiving are Friday Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and Sunday Dec. 1, 9 a.m to 2 p.m. The following weekend, toys will be collected Saturday Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The last two days of the toy drive are Saturday Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information on the toy drive, go to www.firefighterscharities.org.