For the second year in a row, Carlisle Fire Company hosted Operation Santa across Milford and surrounding communities. Santa Claus rode a firetruck through the streets of the Greater Milford Area while waving to families lined up in their front yards to see the big man in red. Over two Sundays in December, members of Carlisle were able to bring Santa to over 3,000 families.
An all volunteer force, Carlisle Fire Company created Operation Santa as a way to thank the local community for their support throughout the year. “To see the smiles on the faces of those waiting for Santa, form children to senior citizens, brought joy to us,” stated Carlisle Fire Company President Ryan Knowles. “This is our way of giving back to the community and letting them know that we appreciate their support for us.”
For some children, waiting for Santa was an all day event as the excitement of hearing the fire sirens meant that Santa would be by soon. “My daughter remembered Santa coming on the firetruck last year, and was so excited all day, jumping up and down and running to look out the door,” said Leslie Passwaters. “I think this is another great way to make Milford feel like a small, close knit town. It’s very kind to have the fire company members take time out of there own lives to bring smiles to our community, and I truly hope to see this each year.”
For the Sharp children, Santa’s drive by their home meant that Santa is ready for his big trip around the world to deliver presents. “Our three boys loved seeing Santa come through our neighborhood on the fire truck. They are convinced that Santa knows where we live and can find our house on Christmas now,” said Kelly Sharp. “It’s so nice that the Carlisle Fire Company takes time out of their day to do this for the children in our community. We definitely look forward to this being a tradition for our family.”
Creating memories for literally thousands of local children, the Carlisle Fire Company is excited to see Operation Santa Claus become a Milford tradition for years to come. “We expect for this to continue and to improve on it every year,” stated Knowles. “I hope that families take away that we care about them and their support for Carlisle.”
Now that Santa has made his rounds and has plotted out his map for visiting local children on Christmas, he will return to the North Pole to prepare for his annual trip around the world to deliver presents to good boys and girls. Local families will have one last chance to see Santa before his return home. The Santa House in downtown Milford, a program facilitated by Downtown Milford, Inc., will be accepting visitors from 5 to 8pm on Friday, December 23.
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