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Fire departments host stuff the truck event

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A local fire department is hoping shoppers will take some time this Black Friday to help kids who may not otherwise have Christmas presents.

While firetrucks around the area were putting out turkey fires Thursday, one was parked in front of a local retailer for a good cause.

“Trying to provide toys to kids who wouldn’t normally have toys,” said Kirk Wilkinson, assistant chief for the Burton Fire Department.

A firetruck was parked outside the Burton Walmart on Friday waiting to be stuffed with toys.

“There’s a competition between the fire departments in Genesee County to see who can raise the most money and collect the most toys,” Wilkinson said.

The competition this year is pretty tight.

“We’ve won the competition in the past. Last year, Clio won it. So we’re trying to regain our title from Clio this year,” Wilkinson said.

The Burton Fire Department has a great strategy, park it outside the busy store on the busiest shopping day.

“While they’re in the store, buy a coat, buy a toy, a pair of boots or something like that. They could help a child out,” Wilkinson said.

The firefighters are also accepting cash donations into the Salvation Army red kettle. It’s a way they feel they can give back to a group that does so much for them.

“The Salvation helps the fire departments out when we’re out on long fires. [They] bring in their canteens out and feed us so I think it’s only right we give back to the Salvation Army’s cause and help them out,” Wilkinson said.

You can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the trucks or bins at Walmart until Dec. 13. The toys will be distributed by the Salvation Army to parents to give their children on Christmas morning.

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