Advocacy Center Benefits from Fire Department Toy Drive
Murphy Fire Rescue is continuing its annual toy drive this year to benefit the kids served by the
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. The generosity of Murphy residents has made this
event highly successful each year it is held. New, unwrapped toys for boys and girls will be
collected by the members of the department through Sunday, Dec. 9. Toys can be dropped off
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. by visiting the Fire Station, 206 North Murphy Road.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, toy donors can drive through the Fire Station, hand off their toys and get a
special thank you candy cane. Donors will then proceed out of the rear of the Fire Station,
entering onto Tom Clevenger Drive and back onto North Murphy Road. The drive-through
begins at 5:30 p.m. and the last car will be accommodated at 8 p.m. Drivers coming to the special
event from the direction of Tom Kimbrough Stadium will be required to make a U-turn at either
the entrance to City Hall or the Murphy Community Center and drive on the northbound lane to
enter the station. Caution is always encouraged for drivers as North Murphy Road can become
congested during this period.
Brightly colored Christmas lights will be positioned to assist drivers enter the correct
bay. Attentiveness while driving through the bay is, of course, essential. The Children’s
Advocacy Center of Collin County began in Plano in 1992, serving only about 10 percent of the
children in the community victimized by abuse or neglect.
As the population of Collin County exploded, so has the number of alleged victims. As a result,
there was an increased demand for these types of services. The Center occupied its current
location on Los Rios Boulevard in 1999, where the organization now offers services to 100
percent of children in need, free of charge, with no waiting list. Since opening its doors,
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County has served more than 65,000 children and family
members impacted by abuse.