February 1, 2023

BY VALERIA MOLINA
Whitfield County Public Information Officer

On Tuesday, December 6, 2022 Whitfield County Fire Department and
Sheriff’s Office brought Christmas cheer to 26 children from the 13 Whitfield County elementary schools. This year was particularly exciting, as the program welcomed back the in-person experience.

Individually, each child shops for a pair of shoes, an outfit, jacket, and toys – for a total of $250. “It is a joint effort between us, and the Dalton Shriners,” said Chris West, Whitfield County Battalion Chief, “It’s worth every hour given to collect the money to make this happen just to see how excited these kids get.” The program partners with the E Walnut Avenue Walmart Supercenter. Walmart donated $2,500 towards Santa-In-Uniform, in addition to discounting a percentage off each transaction.

“The personnel of the Fire Department continue to exceed my expectations of being community servants,” said Whitfield County Fire Chief Ed O’Brien, “They have spent countless hours of volunteering for our boot drive, shopping with Santa, and buddies at Miracle Field. It’s all worth it when you see the children’s eyes light up knowing they will have a great Christmas.”

Whitfield County offers a special thanks to all those that support the program!

Photos retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/WhitfieldCountyGA/posts/pfbid0V8V2NjRLYHAmH1kDmxFFRF3ZFqJTRACL6y92utnPh7unYZ2efAWgFWfVMM2KWiYl

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