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Don’t Forget Santa’s Helper Gift Drop Off Saturday Starting at Noon

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Nov 162018
 

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

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY FOR SANTA’S HELPER IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018, 12:00 – 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/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.

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.

 

Mark Your Calendars, Santa’s Helper Is Set For Saturday, Dec. 15

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Nov 082018
 

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.

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 that day 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!

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

PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIMPLE GUIDELINES BELOW:

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

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00 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/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.

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.

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!

All He Wants For Christmas Is A Wife (with video)

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Dec 212015
 

Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 1.32.28 AMOver the past 21 years, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Santa’s Helper fundraiser has seen many special moments and Sunday night had one for Elf Mama’s record books.

About 4 days prior to the popular delivery event, Coordinator Annie Davis, aka Elf Mama, received a special request from one of the participants regarding Santa and her brother’s marriage proposal.

The plotting immediately began and a solid plan was developed (and Santa and his firefighter helpers were filled in).

Santa and his elves left the Post Road Fire Station around 1:45 p.m. and went about the business of delivering early Christmas presents to good boys and girls around town, then at 5:30 p.m. they truck arrived at Tom’s house and THIS (video) Is What Happened.

Santa told a captive audience of young kids the story of why he arrived on a fire truck instead of his sleigh, then, one-by-one he handed out their special gifts.

He then announced that there was one more present, and rummaged through his sack, but it was empty. His chief elf helper handed him a festive gift bag and he called Kristine over for her present.

Kristine sat on Santa’s lap and unwrapped a champagne glass from a large amount of tissue paper. Inside the glass was a note, which she quietly read to herself — we still don’t know what it said.

Santa then asked where Tom was. “What do you want for Christmas?” he asked.

“I want a wife,” Tom answered.

“Really? How would you get one?” Santa asked.

While Kristine hid her face in her hands, Tom got down on one knee and as he opened a ring box asked, “Kristine, Will You Marry Me?”

Thank Goodness,  She Said Yes as the entire household cheered.

Elf Mama’s plan continued with the firefighters making a call to the station so Tom could reveal Kristine’s answer to the world.

Firefighters who were standing by in different areas of town congratulated the couple over the air waves (this was quite humorous).

Meanwhile, at the house, Santa’s firefighter helpers offered their congratulations and each one handed Kristine a long stem yellow and orange rose (or 2 … or 6) — Yellow roses symbolize Joy and optimism, Orange is for enthusiasm and passion.

Santa said he wanted to marry the couple on the spot — by the power invested in him by the North Pole.

Back at the fire house Santa was still talking about the proposal and swore he WOULD get his Justice of the Peace license by next year.

Congratulations Tom and Kristine, may the rest of your lives together be as joyous as Sunday afternoon was.

 

 

 

Don’t Forget, Santa’s Helper Delivery Day is Today, Sunday, Dec. 20

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Dec 202015
 

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 11 years old now.

Mama Elf began working on this year’s Santa’s Helper LAST December and now the truck routes are planned and scheduled, the elves are giddy with anticipation and ready to join Santa on his deliveries today from 2 – 8 p.m.

Children and adults alike, look forward with great anticipation to seeing the Fire Trucks coming down their street, lights and sirens to your front door, with Santa on board, leading the way. His truck full of gifts, his firefighter helpers and Elves visit with each family while delivering gifts and cheer!

Today you’ll be seeing the Fire Trucks with the flashing lights and hearing sirens and a big HO HO HO, coming down your street and if you’ve signed up, he’ll be knocking on your front door.

Don’t forget, it takes a lot of work for one old Mama Elf to organize this event, so make sure you’re home when they arrive. And do the Santa’s Helper elves in the dispatch center a favor and don’t call every 10 seconds demanding information (I’ve seen it happen.)

Have a good time and maybe I’ll see you this afternoon!

 

Originally Published on: Dec 14, 2015 @ 13:02

Orange’s Santa’s Helper Is World Famous

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Jan 152015
 

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 6.38.37 PMThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s Santa’s Helper program has gone global, and our own “Elf Mama” Annie Davis has been getting phone calls from around the world since a Subway company newsletter was delivered to EVERY Subway from here to Timbuktu and beyond.

Davis, an associate member of the OVFD, who began the Santa’s Helper fundraiser 20 years ago to raise money to buy rescue equipment for Orange’s all-volunteer Fire Department, also happens to work at Subway World Headquarters in Milford.

When someone in the office learned about the unique program, and that another employee, Eric Sudol, who also is a Subway Shop franchisee, fed Santa and his elves on Santa’s Helper delivery night with 80 SUBWAY to Go! boxed meals (prepared by 3 Sandwich Artists— Debbie, Donna and Kim — at his Milford store) She gathered information and wrote a little story for the company newsletter.

Davis said she’s received requests for information from several people from across the country who are interested in starting Santa’s Helper programs for their own volunteer fire departments. (Something she is happy to provide)

Davis works on the project 9 months (or more) each year — really! It’s a lot of work, but she loves the energy that abounds when Santa and the elves return to the station after they deliver the gifts, and the response she gets from families after their visits.