JOPLIN, MO.--- More than 100 kids gathered tonight at the First United Methodist Church in Joplin for the annual "Christmas for Kids" party. This year, the firefighters Christmas for Kids program will help nearly 1,500 local kids. Area fire departments have been collecting money and toys since October 1st, hoping to fill wish lists for the kids. Organizers say their requests aren't limited to toys.
"We've had many instances where they may come up and when they sit on Santa's lap, they say I just want shoes without holes in them, but we also take care of their hygene products and things like that. Some of them don't have their own toothbrush. People don't hear that story, well we hear it, we want to take care of those needs," said Shannon Branham, Firefighters Christmas for Kids.
Firefighters collect toys all year round, so if a child loses everything in a fire, crews are able to replace them. You can always drop off an item at your local fire house.
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