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12/23/09

Wolfforth EMS and Fire Department Help Needy Families This Christmas

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

WOLFFORTH, TX (KCBD) - For the past 13 years the Wolfforth EMS and Fire Department have been helping needy families on December 23rd and on Wednesday that was no exception.

It's called Project Santa, food baskets and toys are given to area families to help make their Christmas a little brighter. They may not be entering through the chimney, but the Wolfforth EMS and Fire Department spread just as much joy. "We try to localize our coverage area to our local response area so we'll be going from north of Wolfforth on 179 to basically inside the city limits," said Chief Charles Addington. 

Like Gloria Gutierrez and her family. Gutierrez shares a home with her mother, her daughter and her four grandchildren, a family of seven just trying to make ends meet. This season the family wasn't even able to put up a Christmas tree. "We couldn't afford to buy one," said Gutierrez.

But her grandchildren got creative. "They said it's our Charlie Brown because they saw Charlie Brown on TV.  They said we won't have many presents but at least we'll have a little tree so that's good," said Gutierrez.

And with help from the local response teams, there will be presents under their "Charlie Brown" tree.

"That way we'll have something to open for Christmas," said Gutierrez's granddaughter Gabby Perez.  

And not to mention a holiday feast. "It means a lot, we are doing a little bit of this and a little of that, but with this, it is going to make up for a lot of things," said Gutierrez. 

"When you can reach out to people that need it that's what's most beneficial," said Addington. 

A family touched by kindness, neighbors helping neighbors. "There's a lot of people out there that are very good and I know that God's providing for them too," said Gutierrez.

The Wolfforth EMS and Fire Department helped ten families with more than three dozen children.

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