Firefighters camping at Mittineague Park in West Springfield in an effort to collect toys and donations

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The West Springfield Fire Department kicked off their ‘Homeless for the Holidays’ event Wednesday.

West Springfield Firefighters are camping out in Mittineague Park for a total of 80 hours, collecting clothing, food, and new unwrapped toys. Members will be staffing the drive 24 hours a day, until December 5th.

West Springfield Firefighter Tony Spear told 22News, “What we’re doing is, we’re gonna hang out for the next few days 24/7. We’ll be here in the day, all day and all night. These guys are gonna hang out by the fire, they’re gonna sleep in a tent when they need to.”

Food donations will go towards the Parish Cupboard food pantry, while toys and other donations will help out the USPS’s Operation Santa.

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