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Donations Sought To Purchase Memorial Bench For Annie “Elf Mama” Davis

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Nov 262019
 

A file photo from a Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 15 years old now.

Annie “Elf Mama” Davis was a huge part of the Orange Community, For more than 20 years, she took the reigns of the OVFD Auxiliary’s Santa’s Helper program and helped bring joy to thousands of children and families across town.

While at home with her only son, Michael, on Monday, Sept. 23, Annie wasn’t feeling well and she passed out. Michael called 911 and his mom passed away at the hospital after having a heart attack.

The friends of Annie Davis would like to purchase a memorial bench for the Orange Fairgrounds with Annie’s name on it so she will never be forgotten.

The cost of the bench, with an engraved plaque and installation, is $1,500 and we need your help to make our goal.

Cookies and an Ornament

Annie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies were legendary around town. We are selling copies of the recipe, along with a chocolate chip cookie ornament for $3. All proceeds go toward the bench purchase. Contact Terri at orangectlive01@gmail.com if you are interested.

You may mail monetary donations to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

We have a short term designated bank account for this cause, with none of the regular fees for a couple of months. But $1,500 is a lot of money and even as the checks are deposited as they come in, we are hoping for a lot of community support to get Annie this bench.

We’d come closer to seeing it come to fruition if all the families that participated in the Santa’s Helper event over the years sent in a little something as a thank you to Annie for her dedication to you and the program.

Make out checks to “Friends of Annie Davis,” and mail to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

THANK YOU if you already have donated!

Don’t Forget Santa’s Helper Gift Drop Off Saturday, Nov. 23 Starting At 9 a.m.

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Nov 072019
 

Here’s a file photo from the 2012 drop off.

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY FOR SANTA’S HELPER IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from TGI Fridays).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  

There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/recipient. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper. The name and delivery 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 do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.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.

 

Annie Davis Fundraiser In Two Days (Friday, Nov. 8)

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Nov 062019
 

The Fundraiser in memory of Annie “Elf Mama” Davis is just two days away.

On Friday, Nov. 8, the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, will open its “Big Room” up for this event from 5 to 9 p.m.

Online ticket sales are picking up. Advance sale price is $20, At The Door tickets are $25.

You can save a little bit of money by buying in advance HERE and use those savings for our VERY DIFFICULT “Guess how many candies are in the jar” contest, and getting raffle tickets for a chance on one of our wonderful donated prizes (10 for $5 or 25 for $10). We’re confident that we’ve got something of interest for everyone. We’ve got a whole team of Annie’s friends collecting them.

We’ve been told that some people are afraid to give their information online, so we will offer you this option. Send an e-mail to orangectlive01@gmail.com by 10 a.m. on Friday with the words “Tickets” in the subject line, and you will be put on the list of attendees for the $20 advance ticket price. 

We are hoping to fill the Ale House with those special families that shared the joy of Santa’s Helper over the years, as well as bringing Annie’s friends and co-workers together to share stories.

Skip Dinner at home and stop by the Ale House and enjoy their special fundraiser cuisine (included) or you CAN buy dinner for yourself and order from the regular menu.

We’re working hard to make this a memorable celebration. If residents, business owners, municipal offices, organizations, or any group would like to donate a raffle prize, or collect money and we will assemble an appropriate basket in your name, text Terri at 203-506-1747, and I will be happy to come and get it by Thursday, Nov. 7.

Contributors will be recognized at the event and on Orange Live.

Thank You in advance for remembering Annie.

Don’t Forget, Santa’s Helper Saturday, Dec. 15

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Dec 152018
 

If you are one of the lucky families that signed up for Santa’s Helper this year, don’t forget that today’s the day!

Santa is practicing his “Ho, Ho, Ho” and the elves and helpers have been working hard to get the fire trucks ready to go!

Don’t make alternate plans for today, Saturday, Dec. 15, because Santa gets very sad when families aren’t home when he and the firefighters arrive.

The start time for Santa’s Helper deliveries is 3 p.m.

Santa’s Helper Is Set For Saturday, Dec. 15. Do You Want In?

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Nov 182018
 

Longtime Orange residents, can you believe it? Santa’s Helper is celebrating its 24th year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to hundreds of families in town.

Elf Mama was a young lass when she began organizing the popular fundraiser for the Orange Volunteer Fire Department back in 1994. Now, she’s a bit older (1,027 in Elf Years) and wiser (she’s seen it all, and dealt with it) and she’s still just as spry and enthusiastic about getting the elves and firefighter helpers together for the big day.

For the first time in 24 years, there are still a few slots open in which your family can share in the magic. Don’t let this rare opportunity pass you by. Send an e-mail to Elf Mama at ofdsantashelper@aol.com as soon as possible to be added to the list and to get directions for dropping off your gifts. DO NOT call the Fire Department about Santa’s Helper.

Santa is practicing his “Ho, Ho, Ho” and the elves and helpers are getting the fire trucks ready to go! Don’t make alternate plans for Saturday, Dec. 15, because Santa gets very sad when families aren’t home when he and the firefighters arrive. The start time for Santa’s Helper delivery day is 3 p.m.

Background

A file photo from a previous Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 13 years old now.

Elf Mama tells it like this — as many know, Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting, fun and memorable fund-raising event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting your Orange Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment.

“Each year, every one of our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams of Santa, Elves and firefighter helpers are excited 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 excited 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 coming in to visit with each family,” said Elf Mama.

WE WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE A CHANCE TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN, IT’S EASY!

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/per household.  Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper.  The name and delivery 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 do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com for special instructions. If there will be multiple families having their visit at one specific address, please let the Elf helpers know that upon sign-up on drop-off day.

Delivery Day

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018, SANTA on his firetruck 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, e-mail Anne at ofdsantashelper@aol.com she will be happy to help you via e-mail.  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.

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

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

If you’ve never participated in Santa’s Helper, this is a great time to start a new tradition in your family, and you will be helping the all-volunteer fire department at the same time. Don’t miss out!

Below, a collage of one of the Santa’s Helper families in Orange that grew up with the program. The adults were children two decades ago, and the children are theirs. 

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.

 

Is Santa’s Helper Still On? … Of Course!

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Dec 172016
 

A file photo from a previous Santa's Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probaby 8 years old now.

A file photo from a previous Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 12 years old now.

Many residents woke up this morning to 2 to 4-inches of snow on the ground and immediately began to wonder, “Is Santa’s Helper Still On?”

Let me put it this way, if there was a fire, would the fire department hesitate or flip a coin before heading out because of snow or rain? Of course not!

This is why Santa asks them to help him out with his special early deliveries in Orange every year.

So, if you signed up for a Santa’a Helper visit today, rest assured that your fire truck will be pulling out of the station with Santa on board at 2 p.m. and they’ll be out there until 8 p.m. — or when each child has had a visit.

Don’t call the fire station for updates, as Elf Mama and her fellow elves will be very busy keeping everything on track. After 20 years, they have this day down to a science and really do know what they are doing.

Santa will be visiting the designated houses in that 6 hour window (2-8 p.m.) so relax, wait patiently and enjoy yourself when Santa arrives. This will be a day that your child will not soon forget.

Santa’s Helper 2016: NO, You Didn’t Miss Gift Drop Off! — All You Need To Know

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Nov 142016
 

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A Message from Elf Mama about this year’s event.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary Presents Santa’a Helper 2016. 

This year is our 22nd year of our Santa teams delivering gifts, smiles and fun to hundreds of families in Orange every year since the very beginning. Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, memorable fund-raising event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting your Orange Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of firefighting and rescue equipment.

Every Santa’s Helper teams of Santa, Elves, and firefighter helpers are honored and excited 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 your front door, with Santa on board, leading the way. His truck full of gifts, his firefighter helpers and Elf visiting each family.

We want everyone to have a chance to join in the fun and it’s easy! Drop off the gifts on the designated drop off day that they want Santa to deliver back to their loved ones, sign up and we’ll do the rest!

PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIMPLE GUIDELINES BELOW:

SANTA’S HELPER DELIVERY DAY IS: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2016, FROM 2 – 8 P.M.

(Please note this year it’s on a SATURDAY and not a Sunday as in previous years)

GIFT DROP OFF DAY IS: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Fire Station #2, 355 BOSTON POST ROAD (Across from T.G.I. Friday’s). We ask that the general public start to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to 12:00 start time. You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these new guidelines. 

GIFT RULES AND INFO: This is a small fee of $18.00 per gift. 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. Please try not to make the gifts too large or heavy, Santa appreciates that.

We have a total of 170 delivery spots available for sign up. We encourage you to have all of the gifts for your delivery spot with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party with many gifts, please email us 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 will be located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

On Saturday, December 17, 2016, SANTA ON HIS FIRE TRUCK with his Elf and firefighter helpers will arrive at your home to deliver the gifts back to your loved ones and spend some time 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 help you via email or visit: orangevfd.com for additional information. 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.

**Emailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route. Sign-up is on gift drop off day on a first come – first serve basis.

Hey Orange! Get Ready For Santa’s Helper 2016

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Oct 042016
 

On of 2015's happy families

One of 2015’s happy families

By now, nearly everyone has heard about the always popular, and exciting Santa’s Helper program from the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary that has been delivering gifts, smiles and memories to hundreds of Orange families for the past 21 years. 

If you want to join in on the fun and have Santa, on his fire truck, with his elf and firefighter helpers come lights and sirens to your home, it’s easy.  E-mail Elf Mama at:  ofdsantashelper@aol.com for all the information you will need.

(Please do not call the fire stations as we are a volunteer fire department and there will not be anyone available to help you with Santa’s Helper). 

Santa’s Helper delivery day is Saturday, December 17, 2016, so don’t hesitate to contact Elf Mama. 

Plans are under way and you won’t want to miss out on being one of the 170 homes throughout Orange to have Santa stop by your house this December.

A Look Back: Santa’s Helper 2015

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Dec 312015
 

IMG_7998It’s been such a busy month with lots of activities and end of year demands that some things we cover slip through the cracks.

One of the most rewarding events of the year is the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Santa’s Helper fundraiser.

For two decades the Orange firefighters, under the leadership of Elf Mama Annie Davis have been helping Santa and his elves make some early Christmas present deliveries to good boys and girls around town.

Sometimes Santa has a few extra minutes to sing a carol or two, or grab a fresh baked cookie for the road. Many children heard Santa tell the story of why he was there a week before Christmas and how he came to arrive on a fire truck instead of his sleigh.

This year Santa even assisted a young man in making a very special marriage proposal that his future wife will never forget.

Here are some photos from that special night. Elf Mama already is working on organizing the 2016 Santa’s Helper event. Everyone have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and Happy New Year!