On Saturday December 19th, South District Firefighters’ Local #3918 will be teaming up with Westfield Fire, the Middletown Police Department, & Middletown Elks’ Lodge #771 to bring joy to needy families throughout the City of Middletown. The program was created 22 years ago by a Middletown police officer and South District firefighter after responding to a home two days before Christmas, to find a family in great hardship, with no gifts or Christmas tree. After taking up a collection from their co-workers, they delivered a tree and presents to the family. South District Firefighters & Middletown Police have been involved since its inception, but the program has grown into an annual event that raises funds throughout the year to help pay for useful items for families undergoing hardships. To date, this program helped close to 90 families during their times of need, and thanks to the efforts of dozens of local businesses and community organizations.
This year the event will be hosted by the Middletown Elks’ Lodge #771 from 5pm-9pm. The “adopted” families will receive gifts from Santa and enjoy a hot meal, dancing and other festivities that are sponsored by emergency personnel, local businesses, and members of the community. For information on how you can donate to the program, contact the Adopt-A-Family committee members Nick Fischer or Geoff DeFrancesco at the South Fire District, (860)347-6661.