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The Christmas Fund Drive-Thru Event Is Back

Published November 24, 2021

We've been working in conjunction with a team of research elves to solve a scientific quandary: what is the most efficient way to donate toys to the Richmond Christmas Fund?

We've experimented with teleportation, but have found that, too often, the toys end up in the wrong dimension.
Another option was drones. Specifically, drones shaped like little sleighs, which would hover around the city, picking up toys from donors' homes, and bringing them back to the Christmas Fund office.
This worked well, except testing showed that Richmond residents are too generous! If the plan had gone ahead, there would be so many drones in the sky that they'd cause danger to incoming planes!
So, back to the drawing board.

It took several thousand more hours of research, but finally, we had it! We'd bring back the Christmas Fund Drive-Thru Event! After all, what could be more efficient than supporting the Christmas Fund without ever leaving your car?
On Tuesday, December 7, from 7:30am - 10:00am, we'll be at Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1, collecting toy donations. Drive straight through the main door - just like a fire truck! - drop off your donation, and leave out the back.
To say thanks, we'll even provide you with a McDonald's coupon, so you can grab breakfast on your way to work, school, or wherever your morning drive takes you!
We know it's a busy time of year, and we want to make it as easy as possible to fit the Christmas Fund into your schedule. Hopefully, with the Drive-Thru Event, we've done that. We look forward to seeing you on December 7 - even if just for a few minutes!