Santa’s Exchange and Toys for Tots are Joining Forces to help children in Fort Bend County
SUGAR LAND, TX―The Sugar Land Fire Department has always supported children who are economically disadvantaged, and Christmas time is no different. The fire department will join two new partners, Santa’s Exchange and Toys for Tots, to ensure an even greater impact for children in need across Fort Bend County. The organizations expect to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness by working together, and are very excited to have the Sugar Land Fire Department supporting these efforts.
In the coming weeks, toy collection boxes will be available around the county including all Sugar Land Fire Stations. Donations of new, unwrapped gifts will help create a memorable Christmas for many at-risk children throughout Fort Bend County. Along with Toys for Tots, Santa’s Exchange includes members of Sugar Land Exchange, Fort Bend Exchange and Sugar Land Rotary Club that support Project SMILE, as well as collection boxes located at Fort Bend ISD, Lamar CISD and participating area businesses.
Carolyn Tarver with Project SMILE, Stan’s Memory Includes Loving Everyone, receives toys each year from Santa’s Exchange. Tarver started by helping 12 children during the holidays when her only son, Stan, died in a tragic accident. As the need for toys grew larger each year, Santa’s Exchange helped her fulfill her dream. Last year alone, over 3,500 children received over 10,000 gifts during the holiday season through Project SMILE.
They are all smiles about helping more than 4,000 children in Fort Bend County during the holiday season this year!! Pictured at the Sugar Land Fire Department’s Fire Station No. 7 are (left to right): back row in the fire truck - Lieutenant Darryl Teague (driver), Santa, Captain Trent Herrod; and standing in the front are: Carolyn Tarver, Project SMILE; John Robson, Exchange Club of Sugar Land; Jack Molho, Toys for Tots; and Jared Jameson, Sugar Land Rotary.