Oakland Firefighters Random Acts had a very busy and giving 2015 Holiday Season. Oakland Firefighters delivered over 1,000 gift-wrapped presents to children in need in Oakland who otherwise may not have had a very merry Christmas. Firefighters playing Santa Claus and Santa’s Reindeer distributed gift-wrapped toys to six Head Start programs, the Brighter Beginnings teen parenting program, the Ariel Outreach Mission transitional housing shelter, and the East Oakland Boxing Association after-school program. Random Acts responded to all the ‘Letters to Santa’ and ‘Letters to Firefighters’ that children dropped off at Oakland fire stations and fulfilled all the requests from families that contacted a fire station for assistance because they could not afford to buy toys for their children. Some families needed more than just toys and were generously adopted by people who fulfilled their needs for clothing and other necessities. Thank you to all of our toy donors who participated in the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts Holiday Toy Drive. Thank you to our volunteers who helped giftwrap the toys and adopted families. And, thank you to the Oakland Firefighters who delivered the bags of presents to the family’s houses on their fire engines to the surprise of many happy children. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they opened their presents makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Firefighters from OFD Station 15 prepare Santa Chris Salas
to visit patients in the ICU at Kaiser Hospital
Firefighter Chris Salas plays Santa Claus and brings smiles
to patients in the Pediatric Unit at Kaiser Hospital Oakland