The South Tucson Fire Department has served the 1.2 square mile city since 1941 and has given back in many ways throughout the years. One tradition the South Tucson Fire Department has held over the years is their toy giveaway, but the future of the fire department is still uncertain.

The South Tucson City Council is continuing to work through negotiations with the City of Tucson to outsource the fire department, bringing the Tucson Fire Department in to take over. In the most recent city council meetings, council members discussed getting negotiations done as quickly as possible.

Fire Captain Andy Luna has been with the fire department for 13 years but grew up in South Tucson. He started the tradition of the fire departments toy giveaway 20 years ago before he was a fire captain. He was working with the Tucson Fire Fighters Association for their toy giveaways in the Tucson area and wondered why South Tucson hadnt had one.

I grew up here, I still know a lot of the families that live here. So for me, it was special that I was able to do something for the community and will continue to do this for these families.

So the tradition began, and the most recent toy giveaway saw a big turnout from the community. Luna said more than 100 families were able to get toys on Dec. 23 at the John Valenzuela Youth Center.

We have families that expect and know this is going to happen this year, so its always a good turn out and its always nice to see families that Ive seen before, said Luna.

He said the event wouldnt have been possible without the Tucson Marine Corps League, Sunnyside High School faculty and their wrestling team, Tucson Police Department, and the Tucson Fire Fighters Association. The Fire Fighters Association held a Chili Cook Off earlier last year that helped raise money for the event.

When asked how Luna felt about the possibility of the 2023 toy giveaway being the last, Luna said, Im going to still provide as much as I can the fire department is still going to provide as much as they can to the kids, to the community. So I try not to think about that too much because we dont know whats going to happen. So it would be sad for it to go, so were just going to continue doing what were doing while we can.

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