Firefighters' toy crusade continues this weekend

Since 1939, the Goodfellows of the American Legion have collected toys and distributed them to less-fortunate families in the Tri-Cities area. Local firefighters joined that effort in 1959, spreading out around the area to collect new toys and cash, which is transformed into gift boxes and sent back out into the community.
Becky Vargo
Nov 25, 2011

 

Firefighters are continuing that tradition today when members of the Grand Haven Township department man posts at the Walmart store on Comstock Street and the Admiral gasoline station on U.S. 31 south of Grand Haven. They will be at those posts from 6-8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

They will hold the same schedule the following weekend.

New toys and cash donations will also be accepted at the township fire station, 13250 168th Ave. (near the corner of Ferris Street and U.S. 31).

The other Northwest Ottawa County fire departments will be taking donations the two weekends following Thanksgiving. They include the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety; Ferrysburg Fire Department; and Spring Lake, Crockery and Robinson township fire departments. (See their schedules below.)

Area merchants will also have bins for the collections. New, unwrapped toys may also be dropped off at the American Legion, 900 Harbor Ave. in Grand Haven.

When the collections are finished, everything is turned over to the Goodfellows — who expect to help close to 200 families this year, said chairman Ray Ribbink. That was how many families they helped last year, he said, and that included more than 500 local children.

Legion members separate the toys by age and the cash is used to purchase clothing for each child.

Grand Haven Department of Public Safety officers will be collecting toys and donations for the 2011 American Legion Goodfellows/Firefighters Crusade for Toys campaign. They will be ringing bells and taking donations at the corner of Third Street and Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven on the following dates and times:

— 3-8 p.m. today
— 1-5 p.m. Saturday
— 3-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2
— noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3

Toys and/or monetary donations may be brought to the GHDPS building, 525 Washington Ave., at anytime. Collection boxes are also located at all city of Grand Haven buildings and area businesses.

GHDPS officers will bring all proceeds of toys and monetary donations to the American Legion Post 28 in Grand Haven for distribution.

Ferrysburg firefighters will collect toys for the Crusade for Toys program in front of Leppink’s Food Center on 174th Avenue next weekend. Hours will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Collection containers are also available at Leppink’s, Ferrysburg City Hall, North Bank Hardware and Pine Street Cafe.   

Spring Lake Township firefighters will be at the Admiral and Shell gas stations in the Village of Spring Lake on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3. A collection bin is also at the Spring Lake Township Hall, 106 S. Buchanan St.

Crockery Township firefighters will accept donations from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3, from at the following locations: the four-way stop at the intersection of Cleveland, 112th Avenue and Apple Avenue; and at the Marathon gas station on M-104 at Interstate 96.

Robinson Township firefighters will accept donations at Spinners gas station, on the corner of Lincoln Street and 120th Avenue, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

 

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