Fire and EMS toys

Battalion Chief David Geney and Lt. Keith Ziegenhorn help collected the toys,seen in the background, in their toy drive.

Some children this year will be getting an extra surprise under the tree this Christmas.

Georgetown County Fire & EMS collected more than 800 toys for children in need over the course of two days. The Department organized a Fill the Ambulance toy drive outside of Walmart on Nov.9 and 10, where seven volunteers collected toys and hand out fire safety information.

For 16 hours, these volunteers stood outside asking for donations from the community for Toys for Tots.

Lt. Keith Ziegenhorn helped organize the drive as a way for the community to help children in need this holiday.

This was the second year in which the fire department and volunteers organized the drive of this month.

“We were out there for 16 hours and we had multiple members of the community return just to donate more toys,” said Ziegenhorn

“We have great support from the community and our administration. We are grateful to be able to help the community.”

After the huge success, the department announced they will be making the toy drive an annual tradition in years to come.

They also said that people don’t have to wait for the drive to donate and can drop off toys for the cause at the County Fire/EMS headquarters office on 3605 Highmarket St in Georgetown.