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 launching their annual Adopt-a-family toy and food drive for 2002.
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 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 rumor has it 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 St. Vincent DePaul and Mayer Elementary School assist the department in selecting families as possible candidates for adoption.
"They already have a list together and we work with them," 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, at Fire Station No. 2 in Spring Valley or Station No. 3 in Cordes Lakes. LaRue said the Firefighters Association is starting the donations with $300 and counting on the public's generosity in doing 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 received monetary support and food donations from former Mayer fire reserve Ryan McRoberts and battalion chief Mike McGhee, Fry's, K-mart and Wal-Mart.
"This year we hope to be able to give more assistance than last year," he said. "Everybody, from full-timers to reserves, is participating and it is going to be a good year."
LaRue said many local people donated their time to the project and he also thanked Phoenix Fire Department for their support during last year's campaign.
"Last year was a huge success, It's was great," he said. "We were able to adopt three families."
For more information call the Mayer Fire Department at Station No. 3 in Cordes Lakes, 928-632-0413.