Firefighters’ toy drive receives $ 1,000 donation | Local news


A donation of $ 1,000 to Terre Haute Fire Department Local 758 will support the union’s annual Christmas toy drive for local children.

Emily Perrelle of The Butterfly Effect Clothing, an online personalized clothing retailer on Instagram, presented the funds to firefighter Charlie Karr at THFD Station 7 on Wednesday.

“We think they did such a good job collecting toys and giving the kids in the area the feeling that someone is thinking of them this holiday season,” said Perrelle, who participated with his firefighter father Coby and his mother and sisters at the union’s annual gift-buying and gift-wrapping party.

This year, Emily and her sister Lauren made their first donation to the toy drive in honor of their younger sister Jenna, who passed away in February 2019.

Previously, the online business has donated over $ 10,000 to family and community outreach projects such as memorial funds and scholarships. They also provide families and children with heartwarming baskets filled with items such as socks, candles, personalized shirts, and other gifts in the hopes of brightening someone’s day during a difficult time.

The business founded by Emily and Lauren refreshes the clothes they buy in thrift stores and thrift stores.

“We buy clothes, recycle them and sell them through Instagram. We are currently working on the creation of a website, ”she said.

Collecting toys has become a much anticipated project for firefighters every holiday season.

It started a few years ago with the aim of reaching families with low income children in the Ryves neighborhood.

“It is a great honor that our firefighters and our union continue to help make Christmas special for all the children we can,” said Fire Chief Bill Berry.

This year, 141 children associated with Wabash Valley Health Center and 14th and Chestnut Community Center will receive gifts.

“This is a great donation from Butterfly Effect to our toy drive,” said Karr. “Since COVID hit, it has been more difficult for us to fundraise. The men and women of the Terre Haute Fire Department and retirees, as well as the community, have come together to help by purchasing our raffle tickets and t-shirts over the past two years to help raise funds. .

Many local businesses have also helped by providing services and items for the raffle baskets, he said.

Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or lisa.trigg@tribstar.com. Follow her on Twitter at TribStarLisa.

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