3-Alarm Toy Drive benefits burn victims

Nov. 23—'Tis the season to be generous for children in need.

The Sanford Fire and Police departments are holding their annual holiday toy drives.

The Fire Department has started collecting toys for its 3-Alarm Toy Drive. All donations are to benefit the children of UNC Chapel Hill Jaycee Burn Center.

All donations must be unopened. Stuffed animals will not be accepted.

The Fire Department is also accepting hygiene products, entertainment items and gifts cards for the families.

"The Sanford Fire Department is proud to participate again this year as part of the 3 Alarm Toy Drive, to benefit the NC Jaycee Burn Center at UNC," Sanford Fire Chief Matt Arnold said. "We are accepting new unwrapped toys until Dec. 14 at any one of our fire stations. These toys help to bring smiles to the faces of children and families who need them."

Donations can be dropped off at any of three city fire departments. The locations are 900 Cool Springs Road, 2200 Woodland Ave. and 512 Hawkins Ave.

The Police Department is collecting toys for local families. Donations of new, unopened toys can be dropped off at the Police Department at 225 E. Weatherspoon St.

"We do this every year," Sanford Police Department Maj. Vinnie Frazer said, "and we want to collect as many as we can."

All donations should be unwrapped. Both the fire and police departments are open 24 hours, seven days a week.

For more information, contact Krista Thomas at 919-777-1501. Call 919-775-8268 for information about the Police Department's holiday drive.