A logo for the Columbus firemen's Cheer Fund designed out of a Maltese cross and incorporating a Santa hat on the text that reads: Columbus Firemen's Cheer Fund established 1930. The logo is festive with read lettering with a white outlines over a dark Maltese cross.

Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund annual fundraising campaign kicks off the first weekend in November with Kamp out for Kids and Chili Cook-Off events.

WKKG is partnering with the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund once again to bring back the 101.5 WKKG Kamp out for Kids event this weekend at Fire Station # 1, 1101 Jackson Street. WKKG will be live at Fire Station #1 collecting donations for the Columbus Fireman’s Cheer Fund. Kamp out for Kids will be held Friday, November 3, 6am- 7pm, and Saturday, November 4, 6am- 3pm. WKKG radio personalities will be at the fire station collection new toy and monetary donations. Bring your unwrapped new toys or cash donations to Fire Station # 1 during Kamp out for Kids. Wait… did someone mention chili?

The Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund will host the 2023 Columbus Firemen’s chili cook-off on Friday, November 3, with two offerings for a chance to grab a bowl of firefighter prepared chili in support of the Cheer Fund. All proceeds will support the Cheer Fund’s annual Christmas Toy Drive program for Bartholomew County children.

In addition to this year’s 5pm- 8pm drive-thru cook-off event held at Fire Station # 1, 1101 Jackson Street, the Cheer Fund will be offering a lunch-time option for those who are silly for firefighter chili. Thanks to a generous partnership with the Kasey Collins Insurance Agency Inc., to-go containers of chili will be available Friday, November 3 from 11am- 2pm at The Forge on 4th, 418 4th Street. Cash or Check donations will be accepted during both events. Chili lovers will have a wide variety of flavors and heat levels to choose from.

The Cheer Fund announced this year that the annual program has expanded to provide toys to children 18 and under. In past years, the Cheer Fund program has served children 12 and under by providing each child with new toys, books and stocking stuffer items. This year’s expansion will help meet a crucial need for support of older children within Bartholomew County. Registration for United Way of Bartholomew County Holiday Assistance Programs began October 16 and will continue through December 8. Those in need of holiday assistance can contact the holiday helpline at (812) 375-2216.

Unable to attend the weekend festivities but still interested in supporting the cause? New toy and monetary donations are accepted at all City of Columbus Fire Stations. Cheer Fund donations may also be mailed to Fire Station #1, attention of the Cheer Fund: 1101 Jackson Street, Columbus, IN. 47201. The Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund is a 501 (c) (3) organization serving Columbus and Bartholomew County since 1930.