West Suburban Firemen help children have a Merry Christmas

West Suburban Firemen help children have a Merry Christmas


For the last two years, the members of West Suburban Fire Protection District, Firemen’s Association and Ladies Auxiliary, in conjunction with Farm & Fleet, have made an impact on the community by giving the underprivileged children of Rockford’s west side a Christmas to remember.

They have gone to neighborhood schools and asked for the names of children and their siblings who may be having hard times around the Christmas holidays. The school gives them five names to start with until they find out how many siblings are in those homes. If there are no extra siblings, the firefighters ask for more names.

This year, the Firemen’s Association is helping six families, and they encourage all other volunteer fire departments to also go to their neighborhood school and find out how they can help. When the group goes to a school, they ask for five names, ages of the children, how many other children in the household and clothing sizes. Once they get a list, they go shopping. But first, they send letters to the selected homes to get permission to help these families. Then letters are sent to the homes telling them on what days and times that Santa, along with some of his elves from West Suburban, will be arriving, so the people will be home and not miss them.

Santa arrives on one of West Suburban’s fire trucks. They take pictures of Santa and his children for the families to keep. They do not want any child to be left out on Christmas Day. None of the families’ names are given out, to protect their privacy.

The Firemen’s Association hopes to be able to continue to bring hope, joy and happiness to all of our children on the far west side of Rockford. Thanks again to West Suburban Fire Protection District, the Firemen’s Association, Ladies Auxiliary and Blain’s Farm & Fleet for helping to make this possible. Thanks also to Stiles School for helping the volunteers choose the names. This is truly the time for sharing!

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