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Saline Fire Department Launches Toys for Tots Campaign

The Saline Area Fire Department has launched its Toys for Tots campaign.

Every year, the department leads a campaign that provides about 150 Saline-area children with three toys each. Excess toys are then provided to children around Washtenaw County through the regional Toys for Tots program.

Saline Fire Chief Craig Hoeft said he always feels proud of the way the town supports the program.

“Even though Saline is a well-to-do community, there are plenty of kids who need our help,” Hoeft said. “We hate to see a kid go without toys on Christmas.”

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the fire hall (Michigan Avenue and Harris Street) or at boxes in Saline schools. Toys will be collected until Dec. 19 and wrapped by volunteers at the fire hall Dec. 20. Donors always load donation boxes with toys for children 9 and under. Hoeft asks donors to remember kids ages 9-12, too.

“They’re a little harder to buy for,” he said.

The fire department partners with Saline Area Social Service, which supports Saline residents with low incomes.

Local residents are always supportive of the campaign. Cael Sutherland, son of Andy and Jessica Sutherland, spearheaded the Toys for Tots campaign at Harvest Elementary School and now plans to do the same that he’s graduated to Heritage Elementary.