LUMBERTON — Santa came early this Christmas for some children in Lumberton as the big man traded in his sleigh for a firetruck and delivered presents to more than 400 children.
Actually, it was Lumberton firefighters, who also favor red, Fire Chief Paul Ivey, city Councilmen John Robinson and John Cantey and Santa himself who made the deliveries in four trucks to 168 families and 408 children. The presents were collected during the Lumberton Volunteer Firefighters Association’s annual Christmas Toys for Kids.
“We always wish we could have done more,” said Ivey, who was volunteering on his day off to help with the program. “The need is so great. Chief volunteers did an outstanding job getting the gifts.”
The effort, now in its 10th year, is part of the national Toys for Tots campaign, which was established by the Marine Corps in 1947 and provides presents to needy families all over the United States.