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.

Jill Inskeep and Susie Porter pose with the Toy and Joy gifts brought by guests

Jill Inskeep and Susie Porter pose with the Toy and Joy gifts brought by guests

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.

Janet Manneline and Catarina Hunter are good sports in their holiday sweaters

Janet Manneline and Catarina Hunter are good sports in their holiday sweaters

The ugly sweaters were converstaion starters over coffee and tea

The ugly sweaters were conversation starters over coffee and tea

Eileen Pilkenton, Julia Furnary, Nancy Greene and Lyn Cameron

Eileen Pilkenton, Julia Furnary, Nancy Greene and Lyn Cameron

 

Designer labels were left a home in favor of colorful sweaters

Designer labels were left at home in favor of colorful sweaters

Toy and Joy recieved the toys for the holidays

Toy N Joy received the toys for the holidays

December 2010 Statistics for Toy N Joy

Individual Family Orders Taken 2912 Families
(12,964 children)
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
and Organizations)
Speaking Engagements 17
Toys Collected 40,000
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
20
Total estimated number
of volunteer hours
4320
Total volunteer miles accumulated 14,752
Fire Company hours 990

 

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