"Once again, Operation Blue Santa was a huge success this year. I would like to mention some of the things that AFD was a part of and (at the risk of leaving someone out) list some of the folks who volunteered to make things work:
- Thanks to the Executive Team members, AFD Honor Guard, ESPADA, Public Education, Quint 1-A, Engine 13-A and other AFD personnel that participated in the Chuy’s Parade on 11/27;
- Thanks to the Executive Team members that went to the KVET breakfast on 12/3;
- Thanks to Hilary Higdon for helping me on 12/6 to select the deliveries that our units would complete;
- Thanks to the Executive Team members that went to the warehouse to sort and wrap presents on 12/10;
- Thanks to Hilary (again), Tim LaFuente, Aaron Brooks, and Bruce Odems for delivering the toy packages to the staging stations on 12/15;
- Thanks to Rob Vires and Mandy Ray for helping me deliver the turkeys and chickens to the staging stations on 12/18 (starting at 0530 hours!);
- Thanks to the Executive Team and the crews of Engine 9-A and Quint 27-A for helping at the warehouse on the 18th. The help handing out turkeys and chickens was great. I think we also got some great publicity just by being out there handing out coffee, hot chocolate, and doughnuts.
"If any of the folks listed above work for you, please take a moment and thank them for helping provide Christmas for 14,000 children in Austin this year. Please also let me know if I have accidentally left anyone out (I want everyone to get their props!)."
Austin Fire Department