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Middletown Volunteer Fire Department collecting new unwrapped toys for kids with deadline of Saturday

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 12/11/19

Middletown residents have until Dec. 14 to drop off new unwrapped toys in the Toys for Tots collection bin in the lobby of the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department station on Adelia Street, before …

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Middletown Volunteer Fire Department collecting new unwrapped toys for kids with deadline of Saturday

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Middletown residents have until Dec. 14 to drop off new unwrapped toys in the Toys for Tots collection bin in the lobby of the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department station on Adelia Street, before police and firefighters take the toys to be dropped off to the Marine Corps at the Harrisburg Mall.

The Marine Corps will provide a portion of the toys back to borough firefighters and police, so they can be given to needy families in Middletown, Fire Chief Kenton Whitebread Jr. said Nov. 20 while giving an update on Toys for Tots to borough council’s Public Safety Committee.

He said the fire department is working jointly with Middletown police to come up with a list of needy families.

The departments plan to deliver a Christmas tree with toys to each of the families, and possibly also a donated meal, Whitebread said.

Middletown residents who want to support this local effort can make a monetary donation to the fire department, as long as they specify that the money is to go to buy a toy for a child in the borough, Whitebread said.

If people want a toy they are donating to go to a family in the borough, they need to specify that when they donate the toy to the Toys for Tots bin at the fire station, Whitebread said.

People can also donate a toy by giving it to a Middletown police officer, Whitebread said. Again, let the officer know if the toy is to go to a Middletown child, or if the toy is to go into the Toys for Tots bin to be dropped off to the Marine Corps on Dec. 14.

Otherwise, the fire department is hoping to coordinate with Santa Claus’s busy schedule, in order for Santa to make his annual ride throughout Middletown in the bucket of the firetruck.

The Santa run is expected to take place on the evenings of Sunday, Dec. 22, and Monday, Dec. 23. That’s the latest it can be done before Christmas, as “Santa needs to sleep on Christmas Eve,” Whitebread said.

As was the case last year, borough residents will be able to track where Santa is in town during his ride by using an app that will be posted on the fire department’s Facebook page.

The app will be shared by the police department, Whitebread said.

“The app will let you track where Santa is in town while he is riding in the fire truck, to let you know what street he is close to so the kids can run to the corner,” the chief said.