toy drive

David Geney (left) and Keith Ziegenhorn with a portion of the toys the department collected.

The Georgetown County Fire/EMS Dept. collected more than 800 toys for children in need over the course of two days earlier this month.

The toys will be donated to Toys for Tots.

It marked the second year the Department organized a “Fill the Ambulance” toy drive.

Seven employees volunteered their time to collect toys and hand out fire safety information outside WalMart in Georgetown.

The employess worked for a total of 16 hours on Nov. 9 and 10.

Volunteers included Battalion Chiefs Ryan Allen and David Geney, Lt. Keith Ziegenhorn, Lt. Dale Hewitt, Master Firefighter Josh Sapp, Firefighter Bob Kosto, and Leslie Horton of Central Communication (911).

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

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

Department represenrtativea said they plan to make the toy drive an annual tradition in the years ahead.

Anyone who would like to donate toys to the cause can do so this month by dropping them off at the County Fire/EMS headquarters station at 3605 Highmarket St., Georgetown.