Chico’s firefighters played Santa on Saturday as they do every year around this time.
The “Adopt a Family Christmas Program” is underway as food and gifts are being delivered to low-income families all across the area.
Early Saturday morning, volunteers and firefighters wrapped up presents and packed up their trucks for some very special deliveries.
“It's designed to help our low-income families have a great Christmas, in fact, our goal is to have our families have the best Christmas of their lives,” said Marie Fickert, a fire inspector from Chico Fire Rescue.
Chico Fire collected all of the toys and food through several drives, thanks to community members such as the Mix Radio Station, the Dollar Tree and Walmart.
Each family got a turkey, courtesy of ServPro, bought all of those as well as some groceries.
Chico Fire, works with several local agencies to figure out who to deliver gifts to.
“We actually work with just a couple nonprofit low-income agencies, they select the families for us, they refer them and that way it's just the best way to meet the families' needs that way,” Fickert said.
Several Santa’s led the charge around the community, William Jones, the owner of ServPro has been a major contributor to this program for years.
“It warms your heart when you are able to give to those in need. And that's what our company is about. That’s also what the firefighter's association is about,” Jones said.
With bags piled high in trucks, the team separated into groups and started spreading the Christmas cheer.
Chico Fire prepared enough deliveries for 37 families, including 100 children.
The kids were in awe as the gifts just kept on coming from Santa’s seemingly bottomless bag.
And it wasn't just a friendly visit, firefighters also tested smoke detectors, brought batteries and even installed new smoke detectors for those who didn't have one already installed.
It takes about a year to prepare this entire project that seemingly flies by but makes a huge difference in a child's life.