The men and women of the Mayer Fire District are at it again, collecting toys, food and money for area families.
Members of the Mayer Fire Fighters Association are busy preparing to launch their annual Adopt-A-Family toy and food drive for 2001.
The association's members are dedicated to helping less-fortunate families in the Mayer Fire District give their children a joyous holiday season.
MFFA President Richard LaRue said the group is asking the public to join the firefighters in making the holidays a little brighter for some area families.
"We select three families from the district and help them with a complete Christmas dinner and toys for the kids," he said. "We will get them clothes, shoes, toys and supply them with the meal."
LaRue said firefighters will deliver the gifts by fire engine on Christmas Eve, and there is a rumor that Santa Claus himself is going to be on duty to help deliver the gifts.
"We do this every year and everybody has a lot of fun with it," he said.
LaRue said anyone wishing to help can drop off canned food, a new unwrapped toy or cash donations at the MFD office at 1001 Miami Street in Mayer or at Fire Station # 2 on Spring Lane in Spring Valley.
LaRue said the Firefighters Association is starting the donations with $300, and is counting on the public's generosity to help them do the rest.
"We are always looking for donations. If somebody donates even one stuffed toy, it's one we didn't have to buy," he said.
LaRue said the firefighters have received monetary support and food donations from Albertson's, Fry's, K-mart andWal-mart.
LaRue said families can apply for adoption by filling out a form at St. Vincent DePaul, local churches, the Mayer Elder Center and all Mayer fire stations.
Applications are available beginning November 14.
"This year we hope to be able to give more assistance than last year," LaRue said. "Everybody, from full-timers to reserves, is participating and it is going to be a good year."
The MFFA is holding a carwash November 10 at Texaco in Cordes Junction to raise money for the program. The suds will fly from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. or until the last car is spic-n-span.
For more information call the Mayer Fire District office at 632-9534.