POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department has been feeding families at Christmas for more than 50 years.
With the holiday season only a week away, the fire department is once again preparing for its annual Christmas basket giveaway. The final sign up for baskets is 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the fire station at 2309 Jackson Ave., but sign-ups are just the beginning as firefighters start to collect items to fill the baskets.
Each year, the fire department fills around 200 baskets with firefighters actually delivering these baskets to residents within their coverage area on Christmas Eve morning, spending part of their holidays with families who are not their own.
Chief Jeremy Bryant used to help deliver these baskets as a young child and helps continue the tradition, along with his firefighters, and with the help of donations from the community.
The fire department relies on monetary and canned food donations to fill the baskets that contain meat, potatoes, flour, bread, canned vegetables, canned milk, etc. Those who wish to donate to the program or donate food can call Bryant at 304-675-2313 to arrange pick-up. Bryant said the program has also received a boost in the last couple of years from the First Church of God.
Bryant said though the department facilitates the program, it would not be successful without the “generous contributions from churches, schools, businesses and individuals who give freely to assure that the people of our community get a good Christmas dinner.”
Those signing up for the baskets should bring proof of income and expenditures, and you must live in the Point Pleasant Fire Department’s coverage area.
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