Plymouth Ambulance is holding their fourth annual ‘Operation Christmas Kids’ on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where the community can bring new, unwrapped gifts for children to their Plymouth Meeting headquarters that local ambulance companies, fire departments and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department will bring to children at Bryn Mawr Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children later that day.
Community members are encouraged to bring the presents on Friday night (the building is staffed unless employees at the 911 organization are out on a call) until the cutoff time on Saturday at 12 p.m. Guests can come and meet local first responders, who will depart for the hospitals at 1 p.m. with the toys.
According to Plymouth Event Coordinator Tony Franz, last year the participants were about to collect about 6,000 to 7,000 toys for the children. This year they used electronic billboards around the grounds, to advertise. “The outpouring of people to deliver toys has been phenomenal,” he said.
Many local groups are involved, including the Plymouth Fire Department, the Norristown Fire Department, Harmonville Fire Company, the county Sheriff’s Department, the East Norriton Fire Department, Jefferson Fire Department, the Volunteer Medical Services Corps of Lansdale, Community Ambulance Association of Ambler, Cheltenham Township EMS, motorcycle groups and more.
The Plymouth Ambulance headquarters, where the toy drop-off is happening, are located at 902 Germantown Pike in Plymouth Meeting, PA