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.

If you would like to reserve a bottle you can Venmo @Newport-Firefighters. They are $40 each. They go on sale to the public on December 1st New Riff Distilling

  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! 🚒❄🚑❄

This year our shopping looked a little different. Our firefighter families gathered to shop for our “Beyond the Call” Program, all while staying safe, wearing our face mask, and sanitizing throughout our shopping adventure.
The firefighter’s “Beyond the Call” Program within our Community Outreach provides the children’s gifts (needs and wants) along with Christmas dinner and additional food for the week. Five (5) less fortunate families in Newport with twenty (20) children will be given a Merry Christmas with a very special delivery from Santa on Christmas Eve. Thank you Target Store Newport for your assistance and efforts in today’s shopping adventure!
A HUGE THANK YOU to our supporters, sponsors, donors, Newport Firefighter families, and everyone else that makes this all possible for us to give back to our community! While the pandemic has changed a lot of aspects of our lives, we do our very best to still find ways to safely give back to our community.

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

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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