With the festive season knocking on the door, the Houston Fire Department has taken it upon themselves to play Santa for the city's less fortunate kiddos. The official kick-off for the annual Operation Stocking Stuffer toy drive was rolled out with the support of Houston's bravest and their partner, the generous folks at Shell Oil Company.
Initiated with a glint of holiday spirit and philanthropic zest, the campaign sets off to the sound of beeping registers and the swish of shopping carts at various Target stores—the chosen destination for these holiday heroes. Ostensibly, a slice of the toy haul will find its way to teenagers hunkering down at the Ronald McDonald House, bringing comfort and cheers to those battling illness over the holidays.
According to an announcement by the Houston Fire Department, this shopping spree has been slated for a marathon of over a week and a half, where volunteers and firefighters will navigate the toy aisles. A thanks as big as Texas goes to the corporate sponsors, who are boosting this yuletide mission by stuffing stockings to the brim.
The shop-til-you-drop lineup is chock-full of local bigwigs who are ditching the boardroom for the joy of gift-giving. Names like Shell Oil are retaking their posts tomorrow, followed by the likes of Ascend Materials, Amegy Bank, Sempra, and the uplifting team from Dynamo/Dash. Not to mention Latham & Watkins and KBR, who are diving into the retail trenches to haul out those hot-ticket items, ensuring no child is left with an empty stocking come Christmas morning.