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Colfax Firemen's Toy Box


December 3, 2020

I’d like to call your attention to something special that’s been going on in Colfax and Whitman County for the last thirty years and more. It’s the Colfax Fireman’s Toy Box and it has happened every year at Christmas time for the last three decades. Many of the volunteer firemen and women, city of Colfax employees, and countless other volunteers have taken it upon themselves to see that those in need with small children have a little bit brighter holiday with the gifts they receive from the Fireman’s Toy Box. Each year donations are taken by the volunteers, special elves then spend countless hours purchasing toys, arranging them neatly for display and families are given an opportunity to come in and choose something appropriate for their child. Other volunteers spend many hours taking applications from families and sorting through the need. It is exhausting work. This year I feel like the need will be even greater than ever before and I know that the Fireman’s Toy Box is up for the challenge as long as they can count on the community support. This community has always come together before whenever it has been challenged and I encourage each of my fellow citizens to find some small way to give to this noble cause. The reward comes in your own heart when you can imagine the day when you were a child and your eyes would light up just thinking about Christmas and all that it means to your family. The men and women of the Colfax Fireman’s Toy Box love to provide this for our community and I hope the Fireman’s Toy Box can count on the extra support it needs this year to keep this tradition alive. Thank You. Gifts in any dollar amount are appreciated and can be sent to the Colfax Fireman’s Toy Box, P.O. Box 226, Colfax, 99111 or dropped off at the Colfax Fire Station.

-Craig Corbeill



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