Biloxi Fire Department holds toy drive for Kentucky kids

Former Fire Chief Joe Boney teams up with the Biloxi Fire Department to ensure kids in Kentucky get Christmas after a devastating tornado robbed them of everything.

The tornado last Friday took everything from the town of Mayfield. Former Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney feels that families in the tornado’s path are focused on survival this holiday season after their homes were destroyed.

With Christmas likely on the backburner for most of those affected, the mayor’s office gave Boney the go-ahead to open all fire stations as drop off points for kids’ toys.

Boney says after Hurricane Katrina, a group of retired firefighters came from New York to distribute toys which is where he got the idea. “We wanted to go up there but it’s hard to get a group to go up there right here at Christmas time, so we were trying to figure out what we could do. And I was sitting at the Waffle House the other day with my wife, and I said I really wish we could do something. Quite honestly, she put the idea in my head, so.”

Biloxi Fire Stations will collect new, unwrapped toys from now until Sunday at 6 p.m.

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