A 57-year Chattanooga tradition is still going strong. The Forgotten Child Fund has kicked off its 2019 campaign. It started back in the 1960s with the help of some great volunteers like Chattanooga police officer Johnny Wright, WDOD's Earl Freudenberg, and Channel 3's Roy Morris and Tommy Eason. Fire Captain Kelly Simmons has served as fund president for nearly 15 years. 

The Forgotten Child Fund gives toys to thousands of children each year. Sheriff Jim Hammond and Chief Deputy Austin Garrett said most all police, fire and emergency workers are involved, and donations are accepted at all Chattanooga Fire Halls.  The season ends with the annual Santa Train on Christmas Eve delivering Christmas cheer to ten needy families in the Chattanooga area. 

Over 700 applications have been received so far. Applications are taken from 10:00 – 2:00 at 1715 East Main Street. The deadline to apply is December 12th. You can call 423-697-0031 for more information. Financial donations or toys can be mailed to Forgotten Child Fund, P.O. Box 5932, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37406, or dropped off at any Chattanooga Fire Hall.