FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (WBAY) – While Brian Stenz now lives in Fond du Lac, he lived for 18 years in Hopkins County, Ky., 45 minutes from where recent tornadoes hit the ground.
While there, Stenz worked as a volunteer firefighter and emergency management. During his tenure, he participated in several catastrophic events.
“It’s tough. It’s really tough. I should be there right away,” he said.
Today Stenz is looking to help again. This time with the support of the Fond du Lac community to ensure that all children can celebrate Christmas.
From Wednesday to Saturday this week, Stenz will organize a toy drive for children in the devastated areas.
“There are a lot of children in the neighborhood. They won’t be in school for weeks, maybe, you know, a good few months. And they are in shelters, they are with friends. A lot of them have nothing, ”he said.
He asks for new toy books, cards, games, socks, wrapping paper for underwear, and tape. No other clothing will be accepted.
“We’re looking for more little toys, stuff that they can keep in shelters so they can keep them in motel rooms that aren’t going to get in the way, uh, that they can move around easily when they find anything. ‘other places to live temporarily,’ he said.
With transportation assistance from Natural Stone Veneers to Fond du Lac, he plans to personally hand over donations to Dawson Springs KY High School on Sunday. Once at KY, the donations will be distributed by Santa Claus.
Donations can be dropped off until 6 p.m. Saturday at Adashun Jones Real Estate and Holiday Automotives in Fond du Lac.
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