CAPE CORAL, Fla.- An anonymous donor gave the Cape Coral Fire Department hundreds of dollars of new unwrapped toys for the Department’s annual C.A.P.E. (Citizens and Public Employees) Special Needs Toy Drive.
Firefighters called to report over 14 bags from a local department store were brought in, overflowing the bin placed to collect the gifts.
Toys continue to make their way to the collection points, including a teddy bear donated by 17-year-old Blasia Baker, who walked over 10 blocks to drop off the stuffed animal.
“I was having kind of a bad day, and saw online where the Fire Department was collecting toys. It made me feel better to do it,” Baker said.
For more than 20 years, the City of Cape Coral Fire Department, in collaboration with our citizens, volunteers, and business partners have provided gifts during the holiday season to Cape Coral children with special needs such as Down syndrome, childhood Cancer, Autism, Cystic Fibrosis, and other chronic illnesses.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the C.A.P.E. Special Needs Toy Drive are asked to drop off a new unwrapped toy or gift to any of any of the following fire stations by Saturday, December 14th:
Station #1 4610 Coronado Parkway Station #6 4540 Chiquita Blvd
Fire Admin/EOC 1115 SE 9th Avenue Station #7 3942 Burnt Store Road N.
Station #3 1627 Everest Parkway Station #8 707 SW 1st Street
Station #4 2007 Santa Barbara Blvd. Station #9 4107 Pelican Boulevard
Station #5 1029 Diplomat Parkway Station #10 3623 Gator Circle West
A list of suggested toys or gift items can be found on the City’s website at www.capecoral.net. The Cape Coral Fire Department does not accept cash donations.
Fire Stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, they encourage everyone to stop by during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Upon arrival, Cape FD asks that you ring the door bell and/or knock on the station door to alert the firefighters you are there to make a donation. If there is no answer, crews may be responding to an emergency call, participating in an event, or training off-site. It is not advised that anyone leave the toys by the door or in an unsecured area.