WFFD Operation Santa rolls to Houston

WICHITA FALLS - A group of Wichita Falls firefighters and other volunteers feel amazing thanks to many generous hearts in Texoma, after making an early Christmas delivery to Houston

Landon McBride and Chief Photojournalist Curtis Jackson were with the group when it left around 7:45 Wednesday morning to deliver Operation Santa Claus bikes to children affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Collecting more than 600 bicycles for local children in need, the Wichita Falls Firefighters Association and others from Red River Best Chevy Dealers were beyond elated to take dozens of those bikes to children waiting in Houston.  

"That was a really good feeling. Those kids have been through a lot and seeing the expression on their face made me feel elated. It was just a good feeling all over," WFFD Battalion Chief Randy Reel said.

Corinthian Bruno spends a lot of time with the kids on a daily basis.

She's seen for herself sometimes a very real need for smiles and laughter after Hurricane Harvey.

"We appreciate it a lot due to the kids having to experience Harvey with the club shutting down and some of the kids being displaced and having to start over. It will put a smile on their face for Christmas," Boys and Girls Club employee Corinthian Bruno said.

"Being a firefighter and a parent, it overwhelmed me with joy. Anytime we can give back to the community we serve especially ones hit hard by Harvey who don't have the resources to come back, I just don't have the words for it," Houston Fire Dept. Communications Director Brian Wilcox said.

Wilcox is among the many so appreciative of the efforts from Wichita Falls.

Wilcox: "Anytime we can come together as a community especially after Harvey and help kids, it's always a great thing. We are ecstatic."

This successful operation is one that for sure has pleased even Santa!!

Wichita falls firefighters also took a $15,000 check to buy more bikes for the kids in Houston.

Following this successful Operation Santa Claus campaign the MSU senior level marketing students should be very proud.


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