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Firefighters Help Children Spread Christmas Cheer

Caledonia firefighters help children shop for Christmas.

Instead of toting hoses, Caledonia firefighters will be toting shopping bags as they help kids shop for Christmas.

In a program that's been ongoing over the past 11 years, the firefighters collect and give donations for children whose families are going through rough times, Caledonia firefighter Wally Leininger said.

One night before Christmas, the firefighters shop with the children, helping them buy for presents for their family, necessities for themselves and, of course, toys for Christmas.

"We do it give a little back to the community," Leininger said. 

With the help of area businesses like Kmart, which provides a discount for the firefighters during the shopping spree, donations of toys or money from other businesses, and money from the firefighters, the firefighters-turned-shoppers are able to spend over $600 on four children and their two families this Christmas.

The families and their children are selected by the health department. Each year, they've been able to help between four and six children, Leininger said.

Dewey December 20, 2012 at 08:35 PM
what a great way to put some joy in christmas! Way too go CFD.
Busted Knuckles December 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Outstanding.......Way to go Firefighters. Thank you all so much for your service and support. Merry Christmas to all. Wouldn't it be great if the rest of us could donate a few bucks to the cause? I know I'm going to support this.
Dewey December 21, 2012 at 04:01 AM
(B Knuckles) on your support for the shoping with the children, last year they had someone donate $$$ during the shopping night at k-mart because they seen the fire apparatus parked outside. Every little bit helps these families at christmas time. And they had someone this year donate as well during shopping that saw the kids and the firemen pushing carts full of presents threw the store appreciative of there time and effort. we should be proud of the Caledonia Fire Department for there contuniuing support of less fortunate families in the area.

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