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Firefighters 4 Kids Serving Families in 2023

 As we quickly approach the holiday season, the Firefighters 4 Kids is entering it’s 46th year of assisting children in the Columbus, Ohio area. As in the past, this year’s program will be serving children ages 0-12 years of age.  Sign up’s are always done at agencies throughout the Columbus area.  When signing up at an agency, please be sure to check what documents are required for signing up.  Most agencies require at a minimum, a picture id for the adult and proof of age for the children that are being signed up.  We look forward to serving the community another for another year.

Clyde David Williamson -  in Memory Photo - Battalion 5 Columbus Division of Fire

In Honor of our Fallen Member

Throughout the years of the Firefighters 4 Kids program, there have been many people who have given their time to help with the program.  As time passes, these people become more than a volunteer, they become family.  On November 6th, 2023, we lost one of our family members,  Clyde “Dave” Williamson was a retired firefigther from Columbus Fire Battalion 5, known lovingly as the River Rats.  Dave has served with the program for many years and was always there with a good attitude and a kind heart.  He withstood the cold of helping people in and out of the buildings, collecting toys, working at the toy drives, handing out toys, and much much more.  He was a good and kind man that will be truly missed by all whose lives he made an impact on.  Our family sends our deepest sympathies to his family, and are dedicating this year’s toy drive in his memory.  Thank you Dave for all the memories.  You will be missed.   Fly high dear friend. 


Toy Drives in December

All toy drives will be on Saturday, December 9, 2023

On December 11, from 9am to 3pm Worthington Fire Department, Upper Arlington Fire Department, New Albany {Plain City} Fire Department, and Dublin Fire Department will all have toy drives.  See the location addresses below to drop off toys on December 9.  After December 9th, all toys may be dropped off at a Franklin County Fire Station.

NBC4 Toy Drive


2540 Olentangy River Rd

Columbus, OH

Dublin Toy Drive

Station 91

6255 Shier Rings Rd

Dublin, OH

New Albany [Plain City] Toy Drive

Station 121

9500 Johnstown Rd

New Albany, OH

Upper Arlington Toy Drive

Station 72

3861 Reed Rd

Upper Arlington, OH

Worthington Toy Drive

Station 101

6500 N High St

Worthington, OH

If you miss the December 9, 2023 date, you can drop off toys at any Franklin County Fire Department through Christmas Day.

Toy Agency Sign Ups for 2023

To find location near you to sign up for toys, please review the list below.  You may contact the agency to find out what days and hours they are doing signup’s at their location. All signups for toys must be done through an agency.  No signup’s will be permitted after December 19th.  

Black Women’s Voters League
1730 South High St

CAP City Athletics
639 Whitethorne Ave.
Email : [email protected]

Community Development for All People
946 Parsons Ave

East Columbus Development Company
1774 E Main St

Far East Development/Barnett

Destiny Center
1561 Old Leonard Ave
614-569-4958 x1507

St Stephens Community House
1500 E 17th Avenue

Triumphant Christian Center
904 Thomas Ave

Worthington Food Pantry
6700 Huntley Rd