Seminole County firefighters get results for children in need of holiday gifts

More toys to be gathered Dec. 3 in Sanford

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Lt. Marcus Gombs with Seminole County Fire said this is the time of year he and his always look forward to because, for the last five years, they’ve collected hundreds of toys for families that struggle to put gifts under the Christmas tree.

“That’s why we do it. I was one of those kids that needed some help growing up so it’s a blessing, not only do we get a chance to save lives, but we also get a chance to impact lives,” Gombs said.

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Gombs said this year they adopted 150 Seminole County children through the nonprofit Sharing Center of Longwood.

On Thursday, firefighters dropped off all sorts of toys with the help of first responder dog, Winston.

“It just takes a little bit of effort and a little bit of sacrifice that we’re able to help hundreds of kids,” he said.

While the priority is to save lives, Gombs said there is always time to give back to the community.

“What I kind of preach is that you’re not just a firefighter when you’re on duty, we are firefighters 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and to me, it’s a need in our community that we can go and meet,” Gombs said.

Seminole County Firefighters will meet again on Saturday, December 3rd at the Station Restaurant in downtown Sanford to collect more toys from 6 p.m. to midnight.

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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!