ROCHESTER — Backed by the Rochester Fire Department and the Kids Brotherhood Ride, which he started, 7-year-old Braydon Dion started a new holiday toy drive this year, with the gifts to be delivered to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Dion held a Fill a Firetruck Fun event on Dec. 15, which included the chance to give back, take photos with Santa and Sparky the fire dog, explore the fire station, and complete crafts or decorate cookies.

“When someone asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I said I had no clue. They said, ‘you know, you’re going to have to give back one day,’” Dion said, explaining that this comment sparked the idea for the drive. 

Dion said that the drive was “in honor of my friend Chloe.” That would be Chloe Harding, an eight year old from Rochester who passed away in February from acute lymphatic leukemia.

Kristi Weigel recalls Dion saying that there were “so many times when Chloe made me smile. I want to give that back to other kids,”

Dion also helped with organizing the event and planning its activities.

Weigel said that the turnout for the event had been “pretty good, steady,” throughout the afternoon.

Santa made an appearance at the fire station, and Sparky made two. Sparky even had a dance off with several of the boys who were there. 

The toy drive will continue at the Rochester Fire Station through Dec. 18.

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