- The Firefighters 4 Kids program started in 1977 after a Columbus firefighter, Mike Mullins, had an emergency call to a
home with young children and noticed they had nothing for the children for Christmas.
- Mike began the program working with a handful of other firefighters in the basement of his home.
- In the beginning , the toys that were provided were often used toys or new toys that Columbus firefighters had donated to be delivered to families in need.
- As the needs in the community grew, and as more people got involved, the program was able to expand and begin to assist more children during the holiday season.
- In 2015, the program provided toys to 5,300 families and 15,000 children. They do all of this from donations from the community and sponsors such as:
- Columbus Division of Fire
- CME Federal Credit Union
- Lowendick Demolition Contractors and C.O.C
- Franklin Equipment
- TS Tech
- The organization has a very strong volunteer community and relies on it to work the program. At no time has anyone that is a part of the program received a salary, and that continues to be the standard today.
- The program provides toys for children ages 0-12, and if they have items available, provide gifts for children ages 13-14.