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Pick up a special gift from D’Iberville firefighters Friday

PetSmart donated more than 1,000 stuffed animals to the D'Iberville Fire Department. Firefighters will hand out the toys Friday from noon to 6 p.m.
PetSmart donated more than 1,000 stuffed animals to the D'Iberville Fire Department. Firefighters will hand out the toys Friday from noon to 6 p.m.

They run into homes filled with smoke to rescue families when fires erupt. Now they’re giving away something special for the holiday season, and D’Iberville firefighters are inviting the community to their house.

D’Iberville Fire Lt. Weldon Gallé said PetSmart gave his department more than 1,000 new stuffed animals to give away. The furry friends are all brand-new, he said, and each wears a scarf with 2016 embroidered on it.

Gallé asks that people come to the station on Lamey Bridge Road next to Rudy Moran Park to pick up stuffed animals from noon to 6 p.m. Friday.

Any stuffed animals remaining will be donated to Toys For Tots, he said. Gallé decided to hand out the toys to the community first before firefighters donated them.

“We love Toys For Tots, and I want to know who the things are going to,” he said. “It’s easier for us to try to give them out to our local people. If we can get them to some of our local families, that would be nice.”

The D’Iberville Fire Department members often do what they can to give back, he said. Some firefighters rang a Salvation Army bell at a Wal-Mart all day Saturday and raised $2,700 for the organization.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @Journalism_J

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