UPDATE: Jeremie Humprhey, President of IAFF Local 59 updates us that the Finn’s event was a great success despite making changes at the last minute.
Applications are up but they are behind donations. Cash or check donation too. Joplin Firefighters Charities are a 501(c)(3) recognized non-profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible.
Departments who make up the JAFF Christmas for Kids Program include: Joplin, Webb City, Oronogo, Carl Junction, Redings Mill, Carterville and Duenweg. They fund the charities all year long.
JOPLIN, Mo. — Saturday pickup FIREFIGHTER CHILI between 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Finn’s, 2707 East 32nd in Joplin. You can also drop off new toys at the Joplin Area Firefighters Christmas For Kids trailer that will be set up. Just look for the firetrucks on East 32nd Street.
“This year due to the COVID pandemic families have had a tough time. Already our applications have doubled the number at the same time we had last year. We will not be having a Christmas party as in years past, but we need to raise the money, and more,” Adam Grimes of IAFF Local 59 tells us.
Normally this weekend would be the 3RD ANNUAL CHILI🌶BOWL COOK OUT but due to social distancing and COVID protocols they have created a simpler, FIREFIGHTER CHILI DRIVE-THRU / PICK-UP / EAT-IN, all proceeds benefit the Joplin Area Firefighters Christmas for Kids.
Jeremie Humphrey, President, Joplin IAFF Local 59, talked with us live! while making 80 lbs of beef chili at fire station #1 on Friday night: “We will be set up for a drive-thru chili. If you want to go inside Finn’s is running some drink specials If you want to come and give a donation or go inside Finn’s and have a good meal they are set up to do that. If you want to go inside and have a bowl of chili? What they will do is? You will pay us, and they will take care of you once you get in the restaurant and of course there will be spacing. Everyone keeps their distance in there. So if you do want to go inside they are set up for that. Tomorrow even if you don’t want chili and you are out and you want to buy some toys? We will have our trailer there and we will take your toys then. We will take your [financial donation] too.”