Portland, December 14th. Toy N Joy Makers will be able to offer Santa a bit more help thanks to the generosity of Jill Inskeep and her friends. Lynne Johnston, Kara Ilg, Cindy Plummer, and Debra Platt were among the many who donned their fun holiday sweaters and brought along toys for the Portland Fire and Rescue charity.
Portland Toy N Joy Makers help low-income families in the Portland area give their children toys for Christmas. The Portland Fire Bureau’s Toy N Joy Makers started giving toys to needy children in 1914. Program organizers reach out to the community to make sure kids have toys for the holidays and mitigate a child’s tragedy of losing their toys due to fire, flood, earthquake and other natural or man made disasters. Friends at the ugly sweater gathering were happy to help out.
December 2010 Statistics for Toy N Joy
|Individual Family Orders Taken||2912 Families
|Other Groups Assisted||15 (3,000 children)|
|Total Children Assisted||15,964|
|Toys Given to Families||51,856|
|Total Toys Given Out||67,856|
|Toy Collection Boxes||219 (Businesses
|Toy value given out during season||67,856 * $9.00 (avg retail cost)
= $610,704.00 (approx)
Toy N Joy Makers of the Portland Fire Bureau, relies heavily on the volunteers that are currently helping with the program. The following is a breakdown of some hours and time of operation of this program.
During the holiday season
(November 15 — December 27)
|Average number of volunteers
helping during the day
|Total estimated number
of volunteer hours
|Total volunteer miles accumulated||14,752|
|Fire Company hours||990|