Newton Falls – Whoever said Santa’s elves could only deliver smiles from a bright red shiny sleigh never spent the day with the members of the Newton Falls Fire Department.
Just before Christmas, the tiny tots of the Newton’s Apples daycare were treated to a double dose of holiday cheer as first-responders from Squad 43 stopped by not once but twice to bring a bit of joy to the little girls and little boys. Starting off the day of delights, squad members Jared Svette and Bill Szymanski offered the kids an opportunity to play make-believe firefighter-style for a few moments as they were invited to walk through the cab of the bright red shiny fire truck parked outside the daycare. Once everyone had a chance to explore, the little ones were carefully hoisted into the driver’s seat to get a Santa’s eye view of what it looks like from way up there. Though there were no reindeer pulling this vehicle, the kids enjoyed pretending to take the reins of a contraption so giant its tires were taller than the children!
After lunch, and a well-earned nap, the tots were visited again as Stephen Kisak and Scott McCloud dropped by to deliver goody bags filled with candy and activity books to help them learn about fire safety. (Here’s a tip from me to you: if you’re planning on making a fire in your fireplace to roast some chestnuts or marshmallows for s’mores, make sure your chimney is clear of soot, bird nests, and giant men in red fuzzy suits.)
These generous firefighters are certainly no Scrooges, and with a visit in the past and a visit with presents already in the history books, perhaps those few moments in the fire truck will inspire the future of one of the children and their adorable smiles that beamed brighter than Rudolph’s red nose!