ATLANTIC CITY — City firefighters launched two community efforts this month to ensure children in the city have toys and ways to keep warm this holiday season.
The Atlantic City Firefighters Toys For Children drive began at Tanger Outlets The Walk on Friday. Firefighters will go along street corners near the outlets with their boots to collect money from passers-by and cars to put toward getting toys to children in the city.
The firefighters will work with city schools, officials, church leaders, hospital administrators and the Atlantic City Rescue Mission to identify the children in need, a news release said.
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The effort will continue every weekend through December until Christmas. All of the money collected will go toward toys for kids in the city.
Firefighters also launched “Operation Warm” on Nov. 21 to distribute coats for children in need in the city.
The program was started in 2012 by the International Association of Fire Fighters Union. Firefighters will rely on school counselors and administrators in the city to help identify needy children.
Members of Engine 1, Engine 7 and Ladder 1 began distributing coats to the first round of schools and continued this past week to reach all city schools.