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Firemen collecting toys this Saturday

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Many little girls and boys may have a special treat after this weekend's annual toy drive.
Daniel White, a member of the IAFF local firefighters union 4101, will be collecting toys for children at Fred's on Lindberg Avenue this weekend.
"We will be at Fred's Saturday from 9 a.m. until whenever," White said.
Members of the local firefighters' union will be collecting toys and money on Saturday.
"We are part of the IAFF, which is a nationwide union for the firefighters," he said. "We are a part of Escambia County's branch for the firefighters union."
White said this is not the first time the firefighters union has given children in need of a special treat for Christmas. In fact, this is the third year he has done the toy drive in Atmore.
Those who are out and about this Saturday should stop by the local Fred's to help out needy children.
According to www.msnbc.com, the latest data shows that 37 million Americans live in poverty. Hurricane Katrina still has many families displaced and military families are still waiting for their loved ones to return home. A greater portion of families and children live in poverty than three decades ago in America.
So, to help out some of the needy families, here are some gift ideas to give at any toy drive:
Besides giving a needy child something special Christmas, if you attend the toy drive on Saturday you yourself will have a special surprise.
"Santa Clause is going to be there Saturday, also," White said.