2010 Christmas Posada at Charlottesville FD

Friday, 17 December 2010

Submitted By Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner to VAFireNews.com

Tonight (12/17/2010), the CFD and the Charlottesville Fire Corps hosted a Mexican Posada for our community’s Hispanic community. Over 250 attended the event held at Charlottesville Fire Headquarters on Ridge Street. The event included Posada caroling, a visit from Santa, Pinata events, authentic Mexican food/hot cocoa/cookies (yummy) and toys and candy for the kids. Each year, I am reminded to stay clear when the Pinata breaks open and the candy falls as it turns into a all out kids free for all with smiles everywhere.

It was a great event from the aspects of fire department community outreach, a cultural sharing event, a family event, fire department recruitment and for just good fun for all. This is an annual event and was the 3rd Posada in the past 4 years (last year canceled due to snow storm) with the most ever in attendance.

Kids got to meet and have pictures taken with a firefighter in full protective clothing and interact with other firefighters. All of the children had a chance to sit with Santa and received Christmas presents.

The event was primarly planned by Felipe Mendez, a member of the Charlottesville Fire Corps and was supported by the other members of the Fire Corps and a number of volunteers and members of the Church of Incarnation.

Thanks to Vice Mayor Holly Edwards who stopped by and took part in the festivities.

And thanks to all of my CFD Firefighters for their help for this event and everything that they do every day. This is truly one of the greatest fire departments anywhere!

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