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Department Brings Good Cheer to Sick, Needy

Friday, December 21, 2001

Every holiday season, families in need turn to the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS), which brings them good cheer.

This year corporate donors have joined with Department personnel to ensure DCFEMS adopted families have a joyous Christmas. Fire/EMS Chief Ronnie Few delivered teddy bears and gifts at the Hospital for Sick Children yesterday.

"It was my pleasure to spread joy to those less fortunate. In a year that has been so filled with sorrow for a lot of people, our Department is honored to bring smiles to the faces of some of our citizens here in the District," said Chief Few.

Today, employees from the department's warehouse division will deliver toys and beauty gift bags to needy families across the city. The toys were donated by the American Society of Microbiology and the gift bags by the Professional Beauty Federation.

On Christmas Eve, Engine Company No. 32 and Truck Company No. 16 will have one firefighter dressed as Santa, deliver clothing and toys to Delores Price, a great-grandmother of seven who lives in the 1700 block of Gainesville Street, SE. They will also deliver clothes and toys to LaTonya Williams and her two children who live in the 3900 block of Wheeler Road on Christmas morning.

Also on Christmas Day at noon, members of the First Battalion will visit the home of a grandmother of two young children who lost their mother Dec. 12. They will bear gifts at a residence in the 3400 block of 17th Street, NE, for two boys, ages 1 and 2, whose mother died of an asthma attack. "Emergency personnel on the scene organized this effort," said Battalion Aide Juan Carter. "They wanted to do something to help the late 23-year-old woman's sons have some joy on their first Christmas without their mother."