DeKALB – Local first responders and DeKalb School District 428 officials are going head-to-head Monday to give families in DeKalb County a Christmas to remember, and they want the community to be there.
The fourth annual Toys for Tots basketball game – which pits District 428 staff and faculty against a combined team from the DeKalb police and fire departments – will be Monday, and the game is open to any and all who want to watch some friendly local competition to benefit a good cause.
“We’re all public servants, and we all understand where these toys go back to,” firefighter Noah Millard said. The firefighter’s union will start the drive Monday by donating $500 worth of toys to the collection bin.
Doors open at 4 p.m. at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St. Admission for the game is only one unwrapped toy worth $5 an adult, or an equal-value monetary donation. Students can get in for a toy or monetary donation worth $2. All proceeds and toys collected from the game will go to the Toys for Tots drive and distributed to The Salvation Army, Head Start, Safe Passage, Hope Haven and other agencies, to ensure families and children in need for the holidays.
“As educators, we see the need every day with kids we interact with, and while it’s fun to fund an event that people enjoy attending and watching, it’s a good fundraiser and important for us to be able to give back to families over the holiday season,” said Tim Vincent, principal at Clinton Rosette Middle School.
The holiday spirit isn’t enough to drown out the inevitable friendly competition, and Vincent said District 428 officials are looking to take back the winner’s crown this year.
“The winner gets bragging rights for the next year,” said Kelly Sullivan, DeKalb community relations officer.
The DeKalb PD and Fire team has taken home the winning plaque the past two years.