Lawrence Fire and Police Provide Holiday Items for Families in Need

LAWRENCE — On Friday, December 16th, Lawrence Fire, Police, and several volunteers including Mayor Steve Collier, met at Lawrence Fire Station 38, 4450 McCoy St., to prepare hundreds of boxes of food and children’s toys for families in need. These items were distributed the 17th as a part of LFD’s Annual Christmas Assistance Program.
Volunteers, firefighters, and police officers, joined together to pack hundreds of boxes with donated food, clothing items, and children’s toys. According to Lawrence Fire Chief Dino Batalis, LFD’s annual Christmas Assistance Program warms the heart of each volunteer, along with helping meet families needs during the holiday season. “To see the parents and their children’s faces light up when they receive these boxes packed with food, warm winter coats, and toys for the kids is a highlight for us during the Christmas season,” said Chief Batalis. “We’re thankful for all who donated items to the Fire Department for distribution to the families who are in need of assistance during the Holiday season.”
The boxes went to 175 families during this year’s holiday season. Some families went to Fire Station 38 to retrieve the boxes. Those who were not able to get to Station 38 got special deliveries from firefighters, police officers, Chaplains, and volunteers. Throughout the year, LFD’s Family Assistance Program has assisted 575 families in need with food, clothes, children’s items, even emergency lodging if required. The program is supported by community and civic group donations, businesses, and private donors.