June 15, 2024


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Firefighters shop with 33 spot children for IFD’s Dress-A-Baby application

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis firefighters expended Saturday early morning with 33 place children, buying for apparel and celebrating an early Xmas as component of the IFD Clothe-A-Little one software.

Through the program, kids in require are assigned an IFD firefighter, who will help them shop for a heat coat, clothes for faculty and new footwear for the winter. 

Due to COVID-19 limits, the young children this year were being unable to get pleasure from the classic firehouse breakfast, bus trip to the shopping mall and visit with Santa. Nevertheless, IFD suggests by all accounts the young children experienced a terrific day expending time with Indy’s bravest. 

The day started at 8 a.m. with customers scheduled to meet up with at the JC Penney Division Retail store in the Greenwood Park Mall. JC Penney — a third yr partner — can make the browsing enjoyment and straightforward and graciously opened their doors early for the team to shop, IFD explained in a release.

The firefighter consumers and their young pals had been scheduled for a single hour – five at a time – so that the little ones could have lots of space to go about and get a good deal of 1-on-one particular interest. The day ran from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

The fire office states about $8,000 was invested outfitting the kids this calendar year. Once the searching was full, mother and father returned to the keep to decide on up the young children but not just before they were being provided quite a few items and other goodies to choose property.  

“The IFD Dress-A-Child software is exclusively funded by donations by way of particular items and the Fill the Bell System,” IFD reported in a launch. “Clothe- A-Kid started in the 1940’s as the Mile-O-Dimes marketing campaign in conjunction with the Indianapolis Occasions Newspaper. When the Moments ceased publication in 1965, the IFD established the Fill the Bell to Clothe-A-Child Application and has been an IFD charity for about 70 decades.”

Firefighters are at the moment “standing the bell” for the two weeks right before Xmas (Dec. 11-23) at Castleton Sq. Mall (Macy’s) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.


  • Visit www.fillthebellifd.com to make a monetary donation.
  • Donate in-man or woman at the Firefighters Union Hall at the Fill the Bell engine location – 748 Massachusetts Ave.
  • Donate in-human being at IFD Headquarters at the Fill the Bel engine locale – 955 Ft. Wayne Ave.
  • Donate straight to the Fill-the Bell account at the Firefighters Credit rating Union – 726 Massachusetts Ave.
  • Donate in-particular person at Castleton Sq. Shopping mall. Dec. 11-23 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. day by day – inside – in entrance of Macy’s