The Providence Fire Department Toys for Tots program is preparing to kick-off its 33rd annually season of giving, and this year the program looks to fulfill Christmas wishes for around 400 Webster County youngsters.

"Since 1987, Toys for Tots has provided Christmas Toys to more than 10,000 Webster County Children," chairman Keith Farrell said in a press release. "Last year toys were provided to approximately 350 children throughout the county."

Those wishing to get children put on the list to receive toys must contact Audubon Area Community Services in Dixon, the only location that will accept sign-ups. Only parents or guardians who live in the same home as the children are eligible to register.

Audubon Area can be reached at 270-639-5635.

"Although there are other excellent smaller scale assistance programs, Toys for Tots takes in all of Webster County and donations are needed from every community to make it a success," said Farrell. "Drop-off locations for toys include the Providence Fire Department, Clay city building, Dixon city building, Providence city building and Independence Bank in Providence."

The local Toys for Tots effort will once again team with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots which will have donation boxes located at Dollar General Store locations in Clay, Dixon and Providence, and the Providence Family Dollar.

"The local effort depends a great deal on monetary donations in order to purchase new toys for each child on our list," Farrell said. "Businesses, churches, organizations, schools and individuals are urged to help support the program."

Cash donations can be taken to the Providence City Building and Independence Bank, or they can be mailed to Farrell at 611 Maple Street in Providence.

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