Toy Drive for Kids of Sick and Dying 911 Responders

Christmas is on hold for the families of 9-11 heroes.

That's because there just aren't enough gifts to give them.

The Barnegat High School Bengals are collecting toys for the kids of sick and dying 911 first responders.

Charlie Giles was an EMT who has been left unable to work because of heart and lung disease that his doctors say was caused by breathing dust at ground zero.

Giles’ medical bills have not been paid by the 911 victims Fund.

The FealGood Foundation has a bill pending in Congress that would cover responders' medical costs.

They view the toy drive as another way to keep the issue out there.

Jeffrey Melchiondo, Mayor of Barnegat Township says “it's just one of those things that we don't want to see go by the wayside!  This season, with the economy the way it is, you may have a little less giving.  But not here in Barnegat Township!"

Even Charlie Giles' old high school in the Bronx donated $500 and 80 toys to the drive.

Giles’ says it's more than just the toys "it's about family… and the 911 family is one that will stick
together forever!"

Because the toy drive is 200 toys short, the FealGood Foundation says they have no choice but to postpone their holiday party to Saturday Dec. 20th.

And they are desperate for donated toys or cash for the 911 kids and their families.

To help the families of 911 victims, you can drop a donation in a drop box located at Barnegat High School in Barnegat Twp., NJ.

You can also go to the FealGood Foundation’s website.

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