According to the Toy & Joy Makers Facebook page, its annual Toy Drive “started in 1914 when Firefighter Eddie Boatright fixed a broken wagon and gave it to a neighborhood kid.” This inspired other firefighters to give back to children in need, and by 1926 the organized effort was officially dubbed “Toy & Joy Makers.”
Operating decades before the Marine Corps Reserve's alliterative Toys for Tots campaign, the Toy & Joy Makers program has been recognized by the White House and has inspired more than 1,500 similar toy drives nationwide. Over the past 10 years the volunteer program has distributed more than 500,000 toys to kids in and around Portland.
This year Ankrom Moisan continued to help this local program by volunteering, donating, and shopping. In an overwhelming show of support, we collected more than $7,500 in cash, toys, electronics, and art supplies. Although this is just a small percentage of what Toy & Joy Makers contributes to the community, we hope our donation makes a real difference for some deserving kids during this season of giving.
Interested in supporting Portland Fire and Rescue's Toy & Joy Makers? Whether you want to volunteer at their warehouse in North Portland or donate, the organization is always looking for help. Visit their page for more details. Happy Holidays!