The opening of the Forgotten Child Fund Application Center and the Forgotten Child Fund Toy Store will be Friday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m.
The Forgotten Child Fund will be taking applications at the Application Center, at 1715 E. Main St., from Nov. 1-Dec. 14, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Forgotten Child Fund is collecting toys at all Chattanooga Fire Stations, Hamilton County EMS stations, Dollar General Stores and many other locations throughout Hamilton County.
The fund is a non-profit charitable organization that was chartered in 1965. It was created by Chattanooga Fire and Police officers who witnessed first hand children who had nothing for Christmas. They set out to make sure there were no children in the Chattanooga area that were going without a Christmas.
Since it's conception in 1965, the Forgotten Child Fund has grown to assisting children not just in the Chattanooga area, but has reached out to children in the tri-state area including southeast Tennessee, North Georgia, and North Alabama.
The Forgotten Child Fund is comprised of 100 percent volunteers. The majority of them are public safety workers and their families. They consist of Chattanooga Fire and Police Departments, Hamilton County Sheriffs Department, Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services, Hamilton County Emergency Services, Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue and local county volunteer fire departments.