Calgary Firefighters Toy Association


The Calgary Firefighters Toy Association is a volunteer, member-led organization that accepts donations of toys and funds for their annual Children’s Christmas Party.  Although not operated directly by the Calgary Fire Department, the department supports the association by allowing members of the public to drop of individual donations of new, unwrapped toys for the children’s party at Chinook Center – Upper level across from Anthropologie on behalf of the Calgary Firefighters Toy Association.

The Calgary Firefighters Toy Association was first launched in the 1940s when firefighters cleaned and repaired used toys to donate to underprivileged kids. For more than 50 years, Calgary firefighters have volunteered their time to keep this tradition alive for children who are less fortunate. Active and retired Calgary firefighters raise up to $50,000 each year (about half the required funding) for this volunteer-run event.

While the toy repair program is no longer active, the annual Children’s Christmas Party is still a highlight of the holiday season for many Calgary families.


With the help of our trusted charitable outreach partners, more than 1,700 families are invited to attend this very special Christmas party. Once the guests arrive, they are treated to lunch, live entertainment, and an exciting visit from Santa Claus. All children under 12 receive a gift from Santa as well as a bag of seasonal treats.