SIDNEY< Neb. (KNEP) Santa began visiting lucky children in Sidney by fire engine in 1996. Families may register, and some are specially chosen to receive a little extra help, as well.
At first, only children of firefighters got to have presents delivered this way from Santa. That changed in 2012, when firefighters wanted to expand the program and deliver to even more children.
This year alone, over 60 kids got gifts from Santa who pulled up to their homes in style with help from the Sidney Fire Department and their spouses.
Families who want Santa to visit their homes need only contact the department and leave a present on the doorstep for Santa to deliver. The truck “delivers” six nights in December.
Every year the colorfully decorated with lights and music the 1965 Mack Fire Engine makes approximately 60 visits per year manned by 5 to ten volunteers from the department and spouses.
Goodwill funds the program, solely. They also use a large portion of the funds to provide two to three families in community. Those families are found with the help of local agencies. The families are surprised with presents for their children and gift cards from Wal Mart or local grocery stores for the parents.
The remaining money that is donated is used for improvements to the decorations on the truck. And, even after 22years of deliveries, it looks magical!