COLUMBUS, Ind. (Dec. 22, 2016) – Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. presented a check to members of the Columbus Fire Department this week in support of the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund. TMHU’s Bret Bruin
and Mike Parker presented a check for $2,500 to the firemen of Columbus on Tuesday.
The Firemen’s Cheer Fund was founded by the Columbus Fire Department and is the oldest charity in Bartholomew County that depends solely on public donations for its existence. The Cheer Fund is coordinated through the efforts of the City of Columbus Firemen, with assistance from a volunteer board of directors. Each year the fund depends on volunteer contributions from the public to reach a monetary goal for the purchase of new toys and food for underprivileged children in Bartholomew County.
“Toyota has been a member of the Columbus community for more than 25 years and our associates look forward to supporting the Firemen’s Cheer Fund each year,” said Bret Bruin, Director of Aftermarket Operations for TMHU. “The gifts and food boxes that our local firemen deliver each year are incredibly important to those in need. TMHU employees are proud to support our neighbors again this year.”
The Firemen’s Cheer Fund was founded by the Columbus Fire Department in 1930, when some caring firemen realized that poor children probably see few, if any, gifts under a Christmas tree. City firemen banded together that Christmas to hold a party for some 50 needy children to whom they gave presents, using $1,500 dollars collected from the community. Since that time, the organization has grown to serve more than 2,000 families each year in the Bartholomew County area.
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