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Burlington children get to shop with a hero

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BURLINGTON, Ky. - The Burlington Fire Department made Christmas a little brighter for families in Northern Kentucky on Sunday.

They took local children to Kohl's to buy holiday gifts for the family. 

Although this was a one day of shopping and fun, firefighters sacrificed all year by donating one dollar from each paycheck, raising a total of $1,600 for the program. 

Firefighters told kids to focus on necessities like coats, but they could also splurge on toys. 

Children were allowed to purchase presents themselves for the first time this year, although many opted to purchase gifts for loved ones instead.

Some members of the fire department said the joy on the children's faces is indescribable.

Firefighter David Curtis said, " We pull up in a fire truck and usually one of our firefighters dresses like Santa, and goes in the house with a bag full of toys and wrapped gifts, and we provide the family with a Christmas meal with donations from other stores in the area and make sure the families are taken care of this Christmas season."

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