When the Christmas season rolls around, it is common to notice an uptick in spirits. People are busy shopping for their loved ones, music fills the air everywhere you go, and families prepare to share the holiday together creating new memories.
That feeling isn’t always the case for everybody around Christmas.
Families in need often struggle to provide food on the table, yet alone gifts under the tree. Some families have just lost a loved one, and Christmas is a painful reminder of who is missing. Christmas for families in crisis can be tough instead of joyful. Every year, the Firefighter Angel Foundation aims to change that.
This holiday season, the Northern Arizona Suns spent some time with the Firefighter Angel Foundation and saw first-hand how much they impact the quad-city area community. The non-profit corporation “is organized exclusively for the charitable purpose of providing a positive impact on families in crisis and/or need.” Based on the limited amount of time the NAZ Suns were able to spend with them, it’s clear they accomplish that tenfold.
Leading up to Christmas, the organization collects toys, Christmas trees, lights, ornaments, clothes, and much more. They then spend a great amount of work organizing everything so the execution is perfect; toys are sorted, all presents are wrapped, donations collected, the list goes on and on.
When delivery day arrives, the Firefighter Angel Foundation leaves no detail overlooked. Throughout Prescott Valley, Prescott, Mayer, Chino Valley, Humboldt and Camp Verde, a fleet of fire trucks and police cars with full lights and sirens arrive at houses to visit families in need. Christmas music fills the otherwise quiet streets, all to personally spread holiday cheer with Santa and his elves delivering Christmas presents, and above all else, joy. It’s clear right away the mission is accomplished when a child’s face lights up upon arrival, a child who was in great need of positivity this Christmas season.
This year, the Suns donated Christmas trees, lights and ornaments, while they also helped wrap presents and deliver gifts on one of those special nights. The work and donations the Suns provided were minuscule with how much the Firefighter Angel Foundation does for the community. It was a very Merry Christmas thanks to the angels.
This holiday season, we got to help the Firefighter Angel Foundation bring joy to families in need. We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! pic.twitter.com/OD2j7KHRBN
— NAZ Suns (@nazsuns) December 29, 2019
The Firefighter Angel Foundation does many more special events throughout the year, including a back to school giveaway and fill the bus event. To donate/learn more, visit their website at http://firefighterangel.org.