Hopkinsville Fire Department Partnering with Salvation Army to Help Families
HFD’s 24th Annual ‘Christmas for Kids’ program to continue in 2020 with ‘virtual’ Angel Tree
Hopkinsville firefighters have been bringing holiday spirit and providing clothes, toys and gifts to families in need since 1996. They’ll continue those efforts this year, with a slightly different look, during the 24th Annual Christmas for Kids program.
For nearly a quarter of a century, Hopkinsville Fire & EMS has collected items outside of Wal-Mart Supercenter and distributed the donations with a community Christmas party for parents and their children. This year, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, HFD is asking local businesses and residents to “adopt” families by claiming a spot on the Christmas for Kids virtual angel tree.
A total of 50 families, chosen by Hopkinsville’s Salvation Army chapter, can be assisted through the purchase of requested needs, wish lists, clothing items and more. All purchased items, which will remain unwrapped, must be dropped off to the HFD Main Station (116 W. 1st Street) by 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14.
Businesses and residents that participate will have their logo/name added to the virtual angel tree on social media.
“This is one of our very favorite annual events — one that I know touches the hearts of our men and women on our staff,” said Hopkinsville Fire Chief Steve Futrell. “The community has been so generous in the past, so we hope they’ll continue their tradition of kindness and big-heartedness through this slightly revised version of our Christmas for Kids initiative. There is no better feeling than putting a smile on a child’s face during the holidays.”
Once all the requested items are collected, HFD personnel will be making personal deliveries to each family home. The virtual angel tree will be on a first-come, first-serve basis for donors; additional donations may be made to potentially reach beyond the 50-family threshold. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
“We will ensure that any item or funds generously given to this program will be put directly into the hands of a child in need,” said HFD Chief Inspector/Fire Marshal and Christmas for Kids Coordinator Chad Sivills. “The goal here is to help as many of our neighbors as possible, so we’re hoping for a strong, positive response to this call.”
Local donors will receive the first names, ages, sexes and specific sizes of each child in their adopted family, as well as precise gift requests and wishes.
To adopt a family, call Chad Sivills at 270-890-1450 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The virtual angel tree will be updated at Hopkinsville Fire/EMS.