Lakewood Professional Firefighters Local 1488 has been helping Lakewood families have a good holiday since 1982. In 1981, a few firefighters took it upon themselves to help a family for Christmas. In 1982, Local 1488 stepped up to take on the project. At that time 10 families received assistance for the holidays. This year firefighters helped 29 families which included 103 children.
On December 5th, firefighters took over the K-Mart located on 100th Street to shop for these families. K-Mart has been a generous supporter of this event by offering us discounts, so we can stretch our dollar to help more families. Each child receives a toy along with a full set of clothes to include pants, shirt, socks, shoes and a warm coat. Each family also receives a gift card from a local grocery store. Since the program’s inception in 1982, Lakewood Professional Firefighters have spent over $225,000 on families for the holidays.
Firefighters congregated at their Union Hall on December 9th to wrap all of these presents, which were delivered on December 21st by Santa on a fire engine. All of these activities are done by off-duty firefighters donating their time to the community. Lakewood Firefighters feel a great deal of pride to be able to offer this program year after year. If you would like to contribute to next year’s project, checks can be made out to Local 1488 and mailed to 7125 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499.