Firefighters buy gifts for families in need

On Dec. 14, DeKalb and Sycamore firefighters partnered with Target to purchase Christmas gifts for veterans’ and active service members’ families in need.

The DeKalb County Veterans Assistance Commission identified families with children that would benefit from help this holiday season. Parents of 14 children ranging in ages from 9 months to 16 participated in the program. The parents were given the option to bring their children, or come alone and select gifts as a surprise. Half of the parents brought their children and the other half opted to surprise them with gifts.

With the assistance of Target staff, DeKalb and Sycamore firefighters shopped with the families. A total of $1,800 spent on the 14 children. The money was excess funds raised from the donations and shirt sales of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Warrior Program.

“Thanks to the support of our communities, we had funds left over from our AFFI Warrior Program, and we wanted that money to be given back to local veterans and their families,” DeKalb firefighter Noah Millard said in a new release. The AFFI Warrior Program raised funds to purchase a 2013 Chevy Silverado for Army Specialist Charles “Chaz” Ligon from West Frankfurt.