Green Bay firefighters will shop for Brown County youth in need | Jobs Reply


HOWARD (NBC 26) — The story behind this year’s Gifts For Teens show is starting to come full circle.

After canvassing Green Bay-area neighborhoods for the past week and a half, Green Bay firefighters and other volunteer helpers shopped for Brown County youth in need at Meijer in Howard.

“For me, it feels really good to be able to love, to feel like you’re making a difference, said volunteer assistant Evie Decker. “I’m still young. Therefore, I feel that I am contributing positively to what these young people want.”

“My daughter was able to come because of Mother Nature,” said Lt. Chad Decker of the Green Bay Metro Fire Department. “So, even though Mother Nature may have canceled one of our parades, she really helped add more support.”

They use all the money raised during the parades to stock their carts full of gifts for the youth, and buy items including sports equipment, beauty products, nerf guns, board games, and bicycles.

“We were able to raise over $6,000,” Decker said.

It all started with the residents of the neighborhood who donated.

“We are very humbled and grateful for all their efforts and generosity,” Decker said. “It’s great to see it all come together.”

As for what happens next, the fire department will take the gifts to the Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay for distribution. The first gift distribution event will be held on Tuesday, December 20, at the former Shopko location in East Town Mall.

Decker says there is still time to donate. You can do so by dropping off items at any of the fire stations in Green Bay, Allouez, and Bellevue.

More information on the donation process can be found here.





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