Wednesday, December 23, 2009
FALLS CITY -- Santa visited a dozen Falls City families early last week, delivering toys to good little girls and boys.
The deliveries were part of the Dallas-area Community Holiday Project, which serves Dallas, Falls City, Rickreall and Perrydale and is coordinated though Polk County Service Integration Teams in the region.
Debbie McMillian, the area's service integration team coordinator, said the team collects the gifts and makes sure they are given to families in need.
Falls City firefighters added a special twist to the delivery.
Instead of just taking the gifts to children on the evening of Dec. 17, firefighters with the Falls City Fire Department transported Santa through town on a fire engine.
"The kids get a big kick out of it," said Falls City Fire Chief Robert Young. "The guys (firefighters) enjoy doing it and look forward to it each year."
McMillian said 12 families got a visit from the jolly old elf, dropping off a total of 35 gifts to children in the homes.
Mountain Gospel Fellowship Church member Candi Johnson said they had extra gifts after all the homes were visited, which they donated to the church's Christmas food box project. She said Mountain Gospel provides Christmas dinner to Falls City families who can't afford a holiday meal. Each box contains food and presents for children. She said the donations helped the church provide those gifts.
Young said the department has been in charge of deliveries for about eight years.
"That is a really, really neat thing that community does," McMillian said. "I hope they continue to do for a long time."