Holiday Activity Ideas for Your Fire Corps Program

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Fire Corps programs can promote safety and help those in need during the holiday season. Here are a few ideas to get your Fire Corps team into the holiday spirit:

  • Prior to the holidays, distribute information about holiday safety, including the danger of candles, dry Christmas trees, and cooking fires. Visit www.firecorps.org/prevention for a variety of fire prevention materials.
  • Host a holiday open house at the fire station and pass out holiday and winter safety materials. Be sure to reach out to different ethnic communities. For example, the Charlottesville Fire Department hosted a Mexican Posada for Charlottesville’s Hispanic community. The event included carolling, visit from Santa, piñata events, authentic Mexican food, hot cocoa and cookies, and toys and candy for kids.
  • Send a team out to clear the sidewalks for senior citizens in the community after snow falls.
  • Decorate a float for your town’s holiday parade and distribute fire safety information.
  • Organize a winter blanket or coat drive to acquire blankets for the homeless in your city. The Macomb Township Fire Department organized the No One Cold Campaign – a program where individuals could donate 2 ½ yards of new, unused, clean fleece material that Fire Corps volunteers then assembled into tied fleece blankets and distributed them to those in need.
  • Organize holiday gift and food drives for families in need. The Ingleside Fire Corps program joined with the Christmas Coalition to help with their annual toy and food drive for needy families. They organized a motorcycle rally and breakfast as a fundraiser for the drive.
  • Prepare a Thanksgiving or holiday feast for the shift of first responders who have to work on the holidays.
  • Help spread some holiday cheer and warmth by making and distributing hot chocolate to first responders during long calls in cold weather.
  • Distribute flyers in December that describe how to recognize when it is time to dispose of Christmas trees before they become a fire hazard. Set up a Christmas tree drop off program at the station for safe disposal.
  • Have someone from the department dress as Santa Claus and invite community members to come visit and have their children’s picture taken.

 

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