LOGAN — The Verdunville and Cora Volunteer Fire Departments have announced they will come together to fill in gaps left by the outgoing program Operation Santa.
Windell Hunter, chief of the Verdunville Fire Department explained the event saying, “They have had [Operation Santa] going for several years, and to have to quit doing it doesn’t set well. We have gotten together with the Verdunville Church of God and the Marietta United Baptist Church to help organize this. We are going to keep it going the best we can.”
The event will be called the Responding With Santa Toy Drive and is set to cover areas of Cora, Shamrock, Verdunville, Harts and Mt. Gay. Hunter explained Santa Claus will join firefighters and church members about a week before Christmas to make a special set of deliveries throughout Logan County.
Hunter went on to say once the fire truck has been loaded with toys, the truck will go from Stereo Video to the top of Dingess Mountain and then on to Harts Mountain before coming back for other areas.
To help fund their mission to deliver toys to children across the Verdunville and Cora areas of Logan County, the Cora and Verdunville Fire Departments will be in front of Kroger at Mt. Gay Friday Oct. 16 collecting donations and new toys.
The Verdunville and Cora Fire Departments have several other fundraising events planned for Responding with Santa and will be collecting donations and new children’s toys until a week before Christmas.
Anyone interested in donating money or new toys to the Responding With Santa Toy Drive can do so at either fire department or at their fundraising event near the Kroger at Mt. Gay Friday Oct. 16.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]