Share the Joy & Share a Toy this Holiday Season!
We’ve partnered up with the Houston Fire Department again to help spread holiday cheer to the families who need it most in 2020! From now until December 14th you have two safe ways to donate to Operation: Stocking Stuffer:
You can also click here to learn more about Operation: Stocking Stuffer’s Health and Safety Guidelines for 2020!
If you or someone you know needs some extra help this holiday season, click here to Like Operation: Stocking Stuffer on Facebook & get the latest updates on toy drive registration. Only pre-registered families.
OPERATION: STOCKING STUFFER HISTORY:
Operation: Stocking Stuffer is the Houston Fire Department’s annual holiday toy drive which has become one of the largest community outreach programs of its type anywhere. It all started over 30 years when a Houston area teacher, Ms. Lorugene Young (1943-2017), wanted to help her students and other disadvantaged children with Christmas gifts for the holiday. She collected used toys and began to distribute them in her area out of the trunk of her car. A few years later, after seeing the need in the community, Ms. Young approached the Houston Fire Department with the idea of using fire stations as toy collection locations for her program. The partnership with HFD began modestly but once the word got around, more and more community and business leaders came on board to make Operation: Stocking Stuffer what it has become today-a massive, community-driven effort helping thousands of families every year.
In 2019, Operation: Stocking Stuffer provided toys and gifts for more than 20,000 children from over 7000 registered families. Working with over 100 small, local businesses and iconic, global corporations, the members of the Houston Fire Department collect hundreds of thousands of toys, bikes and gifts at HFD fire stations and offices and businesses all around the Houston area. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, these toys are then sorted and distributed just in time for the holiday.
We will also be introducing HFD’s new Toy Pantry in 2021 to help families in need all year long with gifts for the children. Keep visiting this website to see updates on the progress of the toy pantry.