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NEWPORT, Ky. — Santa Claus was spotted in Newport a few hours ahead of schedule this Christmas Eve while participating in the Newport Fire Department’s “Beyond the Call” program.
St. Nick traveled via fire truck to six families’ homes. Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 IAFF collected donations throughout the year to help purchase gifts and food for 22 children.
“Big smiles. These families may not smile throughout the year. When you see Santa Claus arrive on a fire truck with the lights on, we see smiles,” union president Jake Silvati said. “That helps us get through the tough year we’ve had to deal with, too.”
Shawnnika Giles and her four children were not expecting to have a Christmas celebration this year, but because of the community’s generosity, her kids will wake up and open gifts Christmas morning.
“This is…I can’t even explain it,” Giles said. “To wake up tomorrow for Christmas…I’m going to start crying…this is just more than enough, this is something I’ll never experience, this is a lifetime for the kids and me.”
Santa surprised the kids — even letting them open a few gifts, like a Spider-Man car.
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WINTER COAT DRIVE ❄❄
Newport Firefighters Local 45 greatly need your help & support to keep our community children warm.
We are looking for new or (gentle used and laundered) coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for children ages 5 to 14, but we will gladly accept adult sizes as well.
We will also be accepting monetary donations at the drop off locations or you can VENMO to: @newport-firefighters for us to purchase the much need winter items for the community children.
Please have all donations dropped off by DECEMBER 3RD one of the locations on the flyer.
These winter items will be distributed to the children in Newport Primary School and Newport Intermediate School.
NO CHILD SHOULD BE COLD FOR THE WINTER ~GIVE THE GIFT OF WARMTH~
Please see the Flyer for Drop Off Locations! 🚒❄🚑❄
Come join Newport Firefighters help Fill The Boot for MDA! Jerzee’s is offering $9 buckets, $4 Bengal bombs, and they will also donate a percentage of all money spent during the fundraiser to the MDA. There will be split the pot and raffles running throughout the duration of the fundraiser.
Fill the Boot donations benefit MDA’s shared mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases; care for kids and adults from day one; and empower families with services and support in our own hometown. All money raised will help support local families in Northern Kentucky.
Sunday, December 9th
12:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.
JerZees Pub & Grub
708 Monmouth Street
Newport ,Kentucky 41071
Help Newport Firefighters share the warmth!
Newport Firefighters is challenging YOU, our surrounding community members to help keep the children warm. We are looking for NEW coats for children ages 5 to 14. These coats will be distributed to the children in Newport Primary School and Newport Intermediate School on December 1st. Over 50% of the children attending these schools, walk to and from school each day. Local 45 will match the first 50 coats donated to our drop off locations. Please have all coat donations dropped off by November 30th to one of the below locations.
NO CHILD SHOULD BE COLD FOR THE WINTER
~GIVE THE GIFT OF WARMTH~
Drop off Locations
Newport Fire Department
998 Monmouth Street (10th Street side)
Newport, KY 41071
South Newport Fire Department
171 Main Street
Newport, KY 41071
WOODEN CASK BREWING COMPANY
629 York Street
Newport, Kentucky 41071
Tel: (859) 581 6917
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Local 45 I.A.F.F