Firefighters Deliver Gifts to Needy Kids
Temple Terrace firefighters participated in the Sincerely Santa program.
We all know Temple Terrace fire trucks are used to fighting fires, but in December, they were also used to distribute presents to underprivileged children throughout the community.
“Our firefighters delivered gifts to numerous families by fire truck prior to Christmas Day,” said Temple Terrace Assistant Fire Chief Ian Kemp.
Firefighters participated in Sincerely Santa, a program that provides toys to needy kids.
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“Each year, children in kindergarten through third-grade write a ‘Letter to Santa’ describing what they want most for Christmas,” Kemp explained. “Teachers notate additional information including: special needs of the child, clothing sizes, and additional siblings in the home.”
Then, teachers pick letters from the most needy kids and forward them to Sincerely Santa for processing, Kemp said. Santa takes over from there.
The program is meant to benefit children, but firefighters also find a special value in it.
“The smiles and happiness glowing from the children’s faces was overwhelming and rewarding beyond description,” Kemp said.