Children wait to visit with Santa during the Harrison Township Fire Department’s Donuts with Santa and Giving Tree program kick-off on Dec. 1.

Children wait to visit with Santa during the Harrison Township Fire Department’s Donuts with Santa and Giving Tree program kick-off on Dec. 1.

Photo by Sarah Purlee


Fire department, community gives back for the holidays

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published December 7, 2018

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Harrison Township Fire Department’s 14th annual Donuts with Santa and Giving Tree kick-off event on Dec. 1 was one of the most successful to date, but still more help is needed to ensure a happy Christmas for families in need.

Firefighter Matt Sahr, president of Local 1737, which organized the event, said there were 150 tags on this year’s giving tree, each baring a child’s name and Christmas wish.

“It was probably our biggest turnout yet,” Sahr said. “We had in excess of 500 people.”

But there are still tags available, with more being added since the event at Station 1 on Crocker Boulevard.

Sahr said the department is accepting gift cards and monetary donations to purchase larger items on wish lists, like bicycles.

Donations can be dropped off at Fire Station 2, 39460 Jefferson Ave. To learn if a tag is still available on the tree, call the station at (586) 466-1450.

Sahr said the deadline to receive all donations is Dec. 18. After that, gifts that are not wrapped by the donor will be wrapped by fire personnel. Families from Harrison Township, Mount Clemens and Clinton Township will then pick up the gifts in time for Christmas.

Sahr said that in the 14 years since the fire union launched the Giving Tree program, more than 30 families and 1,000 children have been helped during the holiday season.

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