The Twinsburg Fire Department delivered more than 600 gifts to children in the city Dec. 16 during the annual Santa’s Gift Run. The effort took 10 1/2 hours, and crews made more than 260 stops. Three volunteers pitched in to don Santa Claus suits.
"Delivering more than 600 Christmas gifts to the children of our community in almost 11 hours takes a whole lot of effort," said Assistant Fire Chief Steve Bosso. "We can’t thank our partners, sponsors and volunteers enough for their hard work and dedication to this fun annual holiday project."
Jerry Fiorelli, Jimmy Justice and Bernie Thomas volunteered their time to don Santa suits. Vehicle drivers were Jack Lewis, Jim Woolf, Mike Laing, Lt. John Dunn and Fire Chief Tim Morgan.
Escort drivers were Shannon Collins and Kathy Waldron, while navigators were Marc Kascsak of Twinsburg CERT, Tracey Mazany and Pam Bosso. Twinsburg school students and Twinsburg Interact Club members volunteered as elves.
Sorting and routing duties were handled by Jim Woolf, Ryan Nutter, Melissa Yampol, Capt. Don Simon, Lt. John Dunn and the C shift. Vehicle graphics were courtesy of Visual Marking Systems.
Gift dropoff volunteers were executive assistant Shelley Hudak, administrative assistant Michele Grein and all on-duty firefighters who answered the doorbell.
Toy donations were from K & M International / Wild Republic and various others, while fuel underwriter was Beaver Petroleum.
Providing food for the crew were Twinsburg Rotary, Gionino’s Pizza, Giant Eagle and Dunkin’ Donuts. Gifts for the volunteer Santas were provided by Blue Canyon Kitchen and Tavern, Brewster’s Cafe-Bistro-Pub and Sassy’s Bar and Grille.
"We thank everyone in the Twinsburg community who participated," added Bosso. "We hope it was just as fun for you as it was for us. See you next year."