Chattanooga firefighters with Station 19 in Hixson and Hamilton County EMS employees loaded several boxes of new toys from Abba’s House into a truck Tuesday afternoon to take them to the Forgotten Child Fund toy store on Main Street.
Pastor Ronnie Phillips Jr. said that his congregation at Abba’s House had been collecting the toy donations for admission to their performance of “Tennessee Christmas,” as well as at regular church services. The Forgotten Child Fund will use these toys to provide gifts for needy families in the area who are unable to buy presents for their children.
“We have a very generous congregation, and all of us love helping out the Forgotten Child Fund,” Phillips said in a prepared statement.
The “Santa train,” a long parade of emergency vehicles, will deliver the presents on Christmas Eve.
This charity is operated and supported by volunteers with many emergency response agencies, including the Chattanooga Fire Department, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue, Chattanooga Police Department, Hamilton County Emergency Services, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Red Bank Fire Department, Signal Mountain Fire Department and several volunteer fire departments.