Newport firefighters bring special Christmas Eve delivery to family in need

NEWPORT, Ky. -- Christmas came early for some families in Newport, thanks to a special delivery from the town's firefighters.

Dressed as Santa Claus and accompanied by plenty of elves, the fire team brought an extraordinary gift to Barbara Sheriff and her three young children.

"It meant a lot to me because I just recently quit working, because I was working third shift and I couldn't find a daycare, a suitable daycare for them all night," Sheriff said. "And it really helped me out this year, it really did."

"It's amazing to see the kids' faces light up. That's what Christmas is all about - is the kids," she added.

The children opened a few early presents, like Power Rangers action figures and a fire truck, of course. As hard as it was, they had to leave some gifts to unwrap on Christmas morning.

"I'm at a loss for words," Sheriff said. "I'm just so grateful that they did this."

It's been about 20 years of giving gifts to families in need, and Lt. Frank Peluso said the crews want to meet some of the families they've helped.

"This year, we did groceries," Peluso said. "We got a couple of gift cards on donation from Remke."

He said whether he and his men are giving toys or food, it brings him joy to give the gifts. The smiles he receives makes his holiday that much brighter.

"The most impressive thing to me is to see a little kid's face light up when they get a need, when they get a pair of socks or a sweatshirt, something that they actually need," Peluso said.

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