7th Annual Christmas Toy Drive Begins for Children of Deployed Military

7th Annual Christmas Toy Drive Begins for Children of Deployed Military

MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley’s Operation Grateful Heart and the Hoover Fire Department have teamed up for the seventh year to collect Christmas toys for children of deployed military personnel.

Governor Riley created Operation Grateful Heart in 2004 as a statewide initiative to show public appreciation and support for Alabama troops and their families. One of the program’s efforts each year is the Christmas toy drive for children who have a parent deployed overseas in the military. More than 18,000 toys have been donated at Hoover fire stations and delivered through Operation Grateful Heart over the past six Christmases.

“There are children throughout Alabama who have a mom or dad away from home because their parent is protecting us. We need to remember these children and do what we can to help them have a merry Christmas,” said Governor Riley. “I want to thank the Hoover Fire Department for once again working with Operation Grateful Heart so these children have presents to open on Christmas morning.”

Those interested in donating toys can bring them to any one of the fire stations located in Hoover. The deadline for dropping off toys is Sunday, December 12. For more information, contact Operation Grateful Heart at 1-866-452-4944 or email toydrive@governor.alabama.gov.

Hoover fire stations are located at:

1953 Braddock Circle; 1591 Patton Chapel Road; 803 Riverchase Parkway West; 800 Municipal Drive; 588 Park Avenue; 310 Edna Road; 100 Inverness Center Parkway; 121 Village Street; and 2911 Metropolitan Way.

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