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Cheer Fund in need of toy donations

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Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund is looking for more toy donations after the number of donated, used toys has fallen off and many were found not to be clean, safe or in working order.

Those toys cannot be distributed, according to Cheer Fund co-chairman Mike Wilson.

The 82-year-old organization needs used toys for both boys and girls from 7 to 12 years old.

Last year, 1,265 children received a cheer box with three new toys, a new book, two gently used toys, two gently used books and two stocking stuffers.

When this year’s formal signup ended on Nov 30, there were 966 children registered to receive cheer boxes.

Donated toys may be dropped off at the Doug Otto United Way Center, 1531 13th Str. between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday or 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. They may also be donated at any Columbus fire station, at any time..

Look for more information in Wednesday's Republic.

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