This holiday season, the Richardson Fire Department is collecting toys and food for Network of Community Ministries. The drive will begin Monday, Nov. 29 and wrap up Friday, Dec. 17. Donations of food and unwrapped toys may be made at any of the six Richardson Fire Stations; the Fleet Services Department at the Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr.; the Library, 900 Civic Center Dr.; or in the Grand Hall at City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.

Gift suggestions include, but are not limited to, Lego sets, Lincoln logs, Barbies and clothes, Nerf balls, action figures, dolls, sports team caps, CD players, radios, toy cars, pen and pencil sets, self-contained arts and craft kits, books, board games, playing cards, puzzles, sports balls and equipment, makeup, manicure kits, scarves, hats, gloves and fleece blankets. Please note that no wheeled toys such as bicycles, tricycles or scooters will be accepted.

Each Christmas, Network hosts its Toyland Express Program, which provides toys to children during the holidays. Network was founded in 1985 and serves 14 ZIP codes covering all of Richardson as well as areas outside of the city that are in the Richardson ISD attendance zone. Network serves tens of thousands of individuals annually through its food pantry and clothing closet, and provides emergency financial assistance to those in need. For more information, visit