People who wish to donate toys for children in need have several ways to do so across the county. Information follows about donation drop-off sites and deadlines.
FIRE DEPARTMENT DRIVES
As part of its annual Christmas gift drive, the Lampasas Fire Department is accepting new toys, new bicycles or monetary donations at the fire station, 1107 E. Fourth St. Toy and bicycle donations will be accepted through Dec. 17 at 5 p.m., although monetary donations are accepted year-round. Monetary donations go into a Christmas fund to help local families in need of assistance. Those who donate toys are asked to leave them unwrapped so they can be given to children of the appropriate age. To apply for assistance, Lampasas residents may pick up forms at local churches. The forms must be turned in no later than Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. In Kempner, applicants for assistance should sign up at the Kempner Volunteer Fire Department, 315 Pecan St., and people may drop off their donations at the same place on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deadline is Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. In Lometa, people may leave donations at City Hall, 100 E. San Saba St. Applicants for assistance may sign up with the Lometa Volunteer Fire Department.
The Lampasas High School Key Club is collecting unwrapped toys to help the Lampasas Fire Department with its annual toy drive. Those who wish to donate can drop off new, unwrapped toys or gifts at the high school. Recipients will range from infancy to age 13. The last day to drop off a toy is Dec. 6. The Key Club will donate all the toys and gifts to the Lampasas Fire Department.
The Disciples CC will hold a toy drive Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Martin’s Rod & Custom, 1010 McLean St.in Lampasas. Visitors to the event -- which will feature classics, hot rods and custom vehicles, as well as food and live music -- are asked to donate an unwrapped toy. Donations will be given to the fire department for distribution.
HANDING OUT GIFTS
Toys will be handed out at the Lampasas fire station Dec. 21 from 7 a.m. to noon. Toy distribution in Kempner will be Dec. 20 from 6-9 p.m. Any items not picked up on that date will be given to other fire departments, a spokesman said.