Firefighters not only save lives. But they’re also bringing smiles and joy to children this year at the children’s hospital this Christmas.
Santa Claus may have Prancer, Dancer, Comet and Cupid, and even Rudolph. But this year the jolly ole’ saint needed a little help from his fellow boys in red. Santa Claus traded his sleigh for a firetruck ladder to visit with sick children outside of their hospital windows.
The Chattanooga Fire Department in Tennessee helped make the magic happen. They volunteered one of their fire engines and several firefighters to help out Santa at Erlanger Hospital. Normally, Santa Claus would make the rounds inside the hospital and sit with the children. But the pandemic and COVID-19 regulations prevented his visit in a traditional means this year.
On Twitter, the department wrote, “Santa normally comes to see patients inside Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, but COVID made for a special kind of visit today! CFD’s Ladder 1 (Green) gave him a lift so he could wave to the kids. He even FaceTimed with several of the young patients to wish them a Merry Christmas!”
Firefighters Spread Christmas Cheer
The Chattanooga Fire Department isn’t the only firefighters trying to spread a little Christmas joy. Across the country, fire departments have embraced the holiday season. When they’re not fighting fires, they’re also trying to help families in need. Several fire departments have started fundraising and toy drive efforts.
For instance, the St. Lucie County Fire District in Florida has been handing out Christmas presents to children. They partnered with a non-profit to make sure local children get a Christmas this year. In another part of the country, firefighters helped raise toy donations in Joplin, Missouri. Normally, they’d deliver the presents themselves. But due to the pandemic, they’re having families pick up the presents in time for the holiday season.
They say the holidays are the time for giving. These fire departments are helping keep the Christmas spirit alive in children with their humanitarian efforts.