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Get Ready For Santa’s Helper 2017

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Nov 162017
 

A message from Elf Mama:

Each year, every one of the Orange Fire Association’s 6 Santa’s Helper Teams of Santa, Elves and firefighter helpers are excited and honored to visit and deliver gifts, share in some fun, take photos and help make lasting memories and traditions for every family.  Children and adults alike look forward with great anticipation to seeing the fire trucks with lights and sirens coming down their street to their front door, with Santa leading the way!  His truck full of gifts, his helpers and Elves visiting with each family. 

This year, for everyone’s convenience, the Santa visits are on a Saturday (instead of Sunday) again — so mark your calendars for December 16.

WE WANT EVERYONE TO JOIN IN THE FUN, IT’S EASY! 

Drop off the gifts that you would like Santa and his team to deliver back to your loved ones, on the designated drop-off day, sign-up and we will do the rest.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIMPLE GUIDELINES BELOW:

GIFT DROP OFF DAY IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from T.G.I. Friday’s).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the 12:00 start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these new guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $18.00 per gift/per household.  Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an over-wrap of plain brown paper.  The name and address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift.  PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that. 

We have a total of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your delivery stop with you on Gift Drop-Off day.  (For Families with a large party with many gifts, please email Elf Mama at ofdsantashelper@aol.com for special instructions.

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017 Santa on his fire truck with his Elf and firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts to your loved ones and spend a few moments with your family and friends for photos and fun! 

If you have any questions, you can email Elf Mama at ofdsantashelper@aol.com, she will be happy to assist you via email.  Please do not call the Fire Stations as it’s a Volunteer Fire Department and there will not be anyone there to assist you with Santa’s Helper information.  Visit www.orangevfd.com and click on the Santa’s Helper page for additional information and to see some fun pictures of what we do!

*E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route.  Sign-up is on Gift Drop-Off Day and is on a first come-first serve basis.*

THE ORANGE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT FAMILY WISHES EVERYONE A SAFE, HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

Santa’s Helper 2016 – A Couple of Hiccups, But Otherwise Successful

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Dec 182016
 

img_2250The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary’s 2016 Santa’s Helper program took place on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 2-8 p.m.

This was quite a change from what was traditionally held on a Sunday, one week before Christmas.

Some participants worried that the deliveries would be canceled because of the early morning snowfall, followed by freezing rain, but by 2 p.m. the skies were clear and the fire truck rolled out of the station with Santa, his elves and firefighters on board ready to spread some early Christmas cheer.

The elves handed out little packets of fruit snacks, which proved to be more popular than candy canes with kids of all ages.

Most children couldn’t wait to get close to Santa, yet there are still some who were shy and seemed overwhelmed by the personal visit. But Santa always knows what to do. For one little girl who clung to her mommie, Santa kept talking until he broke through the shell, asking her to reach inside his big red sack and see what he brought for her from the North Pole.

The child opened a square box and and her eyes flew open wide when she saw fairies having a tea party with a string of tiny bright lights illuminating the scene.

She was too shy to say much of anything to Santa or his elves but once they left the house, she simply couldn’t get enough of her special gift. — How did Santa know she loves fairies?

img_2282At other homes the children lined up by the door or ran across the snow covered lawn and couldn’t wait to share stories with Santa.

They waited patiently for Santa to call their names and hand out their gifts, and they happily snuggled up with him for their group photo.

This year there were a couple of hiccups, with a few icy roads that had the most experienced truck drivers calling for the highway department to sand so they could continue their route.

Fire calls during Santa’s Helper are rare, but they do happen, and when the tone goes off, they respond as usual, because delivery day is a regular fire department day. So when someone burns cookies or has a chimney fire, the volunteer firefighters arrive with a special guest in tow.

Santa’s Helper brings joy to hundreds of children (and adults) each year. Rest assured that when Santa returns to the fire station he and his elves share countless stories with Elf Mama and the home team, for it brings them a lot of joy too.