Local firefighters are stepping up to make Thanksgiving a little easier for families in need.
It’s all thanks to the Firefighters Random Acts of Kindness Charity.
The organization’s aim is to not only help the community, but help firefighters create positive memories to combat PTSD.
One of their largest initiatives kicks off Wednesday at Fire Station #5 when firefighters will hand out holiday meal kits to pre-registered families.
“Obviously Thanksgiving’s a big thing. Firefighters respond to 911 emergencies throughout the year and this time of year they go into a lot of homes, and they see people who just aren’t able to get a meal and identify those families for us, and then we go out and we buy the meals. It’s a fully cooked Thanksgiving dinner,” said charity director Steve Vaughn.
The Thanksgiving tradition began in 2012 with just 50 meals.
The charity says this year that number has grown to 500.