Santa hands out joy

Junior Firefighter Tristan Weaver, as Santa stands with Tammy Ridgeway holding Justin, age five, and Jesse, age seven, in front. (Photo by Marianne Mogon/The Flume)

Santa, aka Junior Firefighter Tristen Weaver, made an appearance recently along with other members of Lake George Fire Protection District volunteers to deliver the toys and gifts collected as part of the Tri-District Toy Drive. Lake George teamed with Florissant and Four-Mile Fire Protection Districts and collected tons of toys and other gifts for children of families who otherwise might not have had a Christmas.

The toys and gifts were collected and then members of the fire departments wrapped and marked the packages for delivery. At least 15 families were recipients and gift baskets were made and delivered to 11 senior citizens. The recipients were surprised by the arrival of Santa Claus escorted by the fire trucks and fire personnel.

Deliveries to families through the Lake George Charter School were made Dec. 10-17, while others received gifts Dec. 20, and the final delivery occurred Dec. 22.

“The Lake George Fire Protection District was elated to be able to pass on to these families the outpouring of love and support from the community. Both the joy on the faces of the children and the tears from the overwhelmed moms made this project a more than worthwhile endeavor,” said Lake George Fire Chief Susan Bernstetter.

The most memorable reaction was when five-year-old Justin commented that fire personnel should leave so that he could go inside and open a present.

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