HGH EMS Rescue to Stuff Ambulance with Toys for Needy Children

Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue is asking local residents to help stuff an ambulance full of toys.

The "Stuff an Ambulance Toy Drive" officially kicked off Saturday, December 6, as crews asked Wal-Mart shoppers to add a new, unwrapped toy to their effort.

The ambulance will continue to station at various locations around town until "the rig is absolutely stuffed to the roof with toys," according to HGH EMS Rescue Chief Pat Songer.

The toys will then be distributed to organizations who serve needy children throughout Humboldt County.

Songer said residents can drop a toy by the ambulance station, located next to Humboldt General Hospital, at any time.

Java Town, located at 750 Grass Valley Road, has also offered to be a collection site.

"We know this is a time of great excitement and happiness for many," he said, "but for others, it is a time of great anxiety and sorrow, and we want to make sure that we can bring some holiday cheer to everyone in need."

The Stuff an Ambulance Toy Drive is being coordinated by HGH EMS Rescue Deputy Chief Jared Oscarson, Community Outreach Coordinator Fergus Laughridge, and Education Coordinator David Ellis.

Oscarson said crews were excited to help organize the drive for area organizations and agencies that serve the children of Humboldt County.

"We see kids in a lot of different situations—tough situations," he said. "This is one way that we can provide a different kind of help to bring joy and holiday cheer to some local homes."

For more information about the "Stuff an Ambulance Toy Drive," please call (775) 623-5222, ext. 1366.