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Firefighters, community, help make holidays a little brighter

By Staff | Dec 24, 2014

Santa got a little help from the Cape Coral Fire Department on Monday and Tuesday.

Thanks to the generosity of the residents of Cape Coral, firefighters were able to deliver toys to some Cape Coral children and help make their holidays a little brighter.

This year more than 200 children received gifts. The gifts were given to children with Down syndrome, cancer or other chronic illnesses or lifelong conditions as well as their siblings. Children in families with financial hardships also received toys.

The toys were donated by residents and businesses and were collected at all 10 fire stations from Nov. 21 to Dec. 12.

“The generosity this year was staggering,” said Andrea Schuch, department spokesperson, in a prepared statement. “At least 750 toys for kids of all ages were collected.”

Firefighters were honored to be part of the process.

“We are so grateful for all of the donations so we could have such amazing gifts, and so many, to bring to the children. They were so excited to receive them, and it gives us such a wonderful feeling. We thank the Cape Coral residents for making it possible,” said Lt. Jim Klein, one of the firefighters who assisted with the toy delivery.

The department offers special thanks to the residents of Burnt Store Marina for their two generous donations of toys and to the volunteers of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) who helped wrap all of the presents and organize them for distribution.

In addition, personnel with the Cape Coral Fire Department wishes everyone happy, and safe, holidays!

Source:?Cape Coral Fire Department