Successful year for Baldwin County Fire Department’s toy drive

MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Baldwin County Fire Department is spreading cheer to help some less fortunate children have a great holiday.

It was all a part of their annual “Kids Yule Love” Christmas toy drive.

“It’s an outstanding effort,” Exchange Bank President and CEO Henry Pope said. “We know the chief very well and we’re so glad to participate in helping them with this.”

Pope says he’s happy to help with the “Kids Yule Love” annual toy drive.

“We are actively involved in the community, and we’re a community bank,” Pope said.

Thanks to dozens of Baldwin County businesses, about 250 foster children will receive presents under the tree.

“We’re just so happy to be able to help with this,” the President of Peach State Nursing Agency Robin Becker said. “We think this is a great cause and you know a great way to help the kids in our community who are less fortunate.”

“We don’t want any kids to go without Christmas this year,” the owner of Elite School of Gymnastics Coni Adams-Moore said. “It’s very important to us.”

Baldwin County Fire Chief Troy Reynolds says the success of the toy drive campaign depends on people reaching out to help others.

“We do this to support the community that supports us,” says Reynolds. “We want to give something back. The children here in Baldwin County are the future of Baldwin County. We want to be a part of their lives as they grow.”

Reynolds says two Milledgeville churches, Green Pastures Baptist Church and Trinity AME Church, went above and beyond with their contributions. They filled several boxes with toys.

“I’m very, very, very pleased with any kind of law enforcement and the firefighters here in this community,” Century Bank & Trust, Business Development and Public Relations Officer Nancy Buchanan said.

County Director for Baldwin County Department of Family and Children Services Vonetta Martin says the annual toy drive brings excitement and anticipation to her office employees.

“It kind of brings us into the Christmas season. Because, everybody’s yelling the fire department is here with the gifts! Everybody’s running around trying to, help get the gifts into the office.”

The Baldwin County Department of Family and Children services will screen the families applying for the toys.

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