ROCK SPRINGS – The annual Rock Springs Fire department Toys for Kids program came to a close this past Saturday when toys for 740 children were distributed to 294 families.
For over 50 years the Rock Springs Fire Department has facilitated the local Toys for Kids program. The Fire Department begins collecting new, or like new, toys around the Thanksgiving holiday each year. Anyone who needs assistance in ensuring that their children get a Christmas gift is eligible to participate. In order to equally distribute the toys, participants are asked to sign up for the giveaway and schedule an appointment for the day of the giveaway.
“We are very fortunate to live in Sweetwater County,” Rock Springs FIre Chief Lyle Armstrong said. “Our economic climate has maintained a steady pulse thanks to a strong and continued growth in energy, mining, and other diverse industries and businesses. While we count our good fortune it is still evident that there are still several people in our communities who struggle to make ends meet.”
This year toy donations began rather slowly and it appeared that the program was beginning to falter. However, the week before the giveaway several citizens began a campaign by word of mouth and social media. The outpouring of generosity in the last week of collections for the Toys for Kids was absolutely incredible. The members of the Rock Springs Fire Department have had the honor of witnessing firsthand the Christmas miracle, the gift of giving.
“I would personally like to thank everyone who helped make Christmas a little brighter for so many kids. Thank you to all of the citizens, businesses, organizations, and volunteers who made this year’s Toys for Kids possible. We are extremely fortunate to live in a community that is so giving,” Armstrong said.
“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!”