|Kenton fire department planning special deliveries |
|Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:05 pm |
| By KEVIN BOWDEN |
Santa Claus will be making some special deliveries in the Kenton area this holiday weekend and he will be joined by members of the Kenton Volunteer Fire Department.
Members of the fire department raised enough money recently during a “boot drive” to cover the cost of providing widows and widowers with cheer baskets and underprivileged children with special Christmas gifts. During the boot drives, volunteer firefighters solicit donations to be placed in empty firefighter boots.
The tradition of putting together and delivering cheer baskets to widows and widowers at Christmas was started by the Kenton Lions Club. The club dissolved several years ago and now Kenton firefighters are handling the Christmas project.
Kenton Fire Chief Ed Sims said his department has been delivering cheer baskets and helping families in the Kenton area for the past 10 years.
Sims told The Messenger his firefighters will deliver about 45 boxes filled with clothing, food and toys to less fortunate families in the Kenton area Friday night. Crews will be making deliveries from Mason Hall all the way east to the Hop-In area.
On Saturday morning, Santa and firefighters will get an early start delivering some 160 cheer baskets.
The baskets are filled with fruit and were prepared by a dedicated group of volunteers.
Sims said his 23-year-old daughter has been helping prepare the cheer baskets since she was 7 years old. He said other adult volunteers have been involved in the project since they were children, too.
“I’d like to thank all those volunteers who have helped out with the cheer baskets and the Christmas boxes,” he said.
Santa will be making his delivery of cheer baskets as he rides aboard one of the fire department’s trucks Saturday.
“It’s amazing to see how many of our young volunteers get a kiss from the little old ladies who we deliver these baskets to and a handshake from the men,” Sims said.
When asked about how the experience of helping the less fortunate makes him feel, assistant fire chief Scott Reeves replied, “It’s undescribable.”
Published in The Messenger 12.20.11