Free Toys For Children Following Home Fires

Travel Centers of America Workers Hold Toy Drive for Home Fire Survivors

Dozens of children recently chased from their homes by fire now have new board games, baby dolls and teddy bears, thanks to about 300 employees at TravelCenters of America.

The workers have been collecting toys at the company’s National Headquarters building in Westlake since Thanksgiving, anxious to help families facing hard times during the holiday season.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross packed the toys into an idle Emergency Response Vehicle on December 22, and transported them to Red Cross Regional Headquarters, where they were distributed the next day.

Photo credit: Jim McIntyre/American Red Cross

The children chose whatever they wanted from tables mounded with soft, cuddly stuffed toys, remote control cars and superhero action figures. They also enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate while their parents breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that at least part of Christmas was taken care of.

Employees with TravelCenters of America hold the toy drive for children affected by disasters every year.  The American Red Cross is grateful to them and to all who make a contribution to disaster relief, especially at this time of year.


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