Indiana Firefighters' Cheer Fund Gets Support after Theft

Updated: 11-22-2006 09:52:59 AM

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A holiday toy fund in Columbus is receiving plenty of support after donated toys and electronics were stolen over the weekend.

Monday night, the Columbus firefighters' cheer fund didn't know how it would make up for the cartloads of donated toys intended for needy kids that were stolen, 6News' Jennifer Carmack reported.

When word of the missing toys got out, people stopped by all six of the city's fire stations in droves to replenish the supply of gifts. One station alone took in over $2,600 Tuesday.

At another station, many toys were dropped off, along with several $100 bills.

"We were hoping for something, but we never dreamed it would be this big," said Leroy Armstrong of the Columbus Fire Department.

Help came from other cities throughout Indiana and Kentucky. Cheer fund organizers were ecstatic to know that they would be able to fulfill the need this year despite the setback.

The donations will provide gifts for 1,600 kids. The group also makes more than 500 food baskets to be handed out throughout the community.