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Tacoma firefighters deliver gifts to needy families

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Dec. 20, 2012 at 9:49 am |
December 20, 2012 12:55 pm
A little girl's anxiousness melted away as Santa, aka Tacoma Fire Dept. Capt. Tom Zurfluh, gives her a hug during the 24th annual Tacoma Firefighters' Christmas Project at the YWCA's Women's Shelter in Tacoma Thursday December 20, 2102. Zurfluh said he's enjoyed being Santa and giving presents to needy and at risk families for twenty years. Tacoma firefighters arrived at the shelter for domestic violence victims with sirens blaring while delivering clothing, gifts, and food for 21 families at the shelter. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

Tacoma firefighters are delivering clothing, turkeys and gifts to 120 needy children and their families today.

This is the 24th year firefighters have done the Christmas Project, which was started in 1989 by firefighters Ron Ernst, Andrea Schroeder and James Lee.

Firefighters, accompanied by Santa Claus, deliver the goods on a fire engine.

This year, they raised $11,000 and will donate the items to families at The Sharing House, YWCA Women’s Shelter and Head Start families in the Tacoma School District.

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