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Troy Fire Department opens toy drive

When some kids at Children’s Hospital pen their Christmas gifts this year, it will be thanks to the people of Pike County and the Troy Fire Department.

Each year, the hospital fills up their “Sugar Plum Shop” so that the parents of children battling illness and injury can shop for Christmas items without ever leaving the campus.

Troy firefighter D.J. Williams first heard about the Sugar Plum Shop and how the department could help when he asked about volunteering at the hospital in 2014.

“I told the other guys about it and everybody wanted to jump on board,” Williams said. “Knowing we can affect so many lives so quickly over such a short period is awesome. We’re blessed to have a hospital like Children’s so close to us that can do so much for people. We like to help them any way we can.”

Toys can be dropped off at any fire station or pickups can be arranged by calling any of the three fire stations or emailing troyfd@gmail.com. The deadline to drop toys off is 8 p.m. Thursday, December 14. All items must be new in original packaging and politically and religiously neutral. No candy, gum or food is accepted and no items depicting violence, including guns and swords, will be allowed.

This year’s wish list includes:

• Light up and musical toys

• Snugapuppy calming vibrations soother

• Bouncy seats and rockers

• Play mats

• Peg Puzzles

• Elefun Ball game

• Peppa Pig toys

• Paw Patrol toys

• Magnetic blocks

• Fidget spinners

• Fidget cubes

• Puzzles

• Legos and building blocks

• Action figures

• Barbie dolls

• Playing cards

• Musical instruments

• Train sets

• XBOX 360 system and games

• PSPs and games

• DVDs

• iPods

• Adult coloring books

• Collegiate gear

• Jewelry bath and body sets

• And more.