Firefighters in Broken Arrow grant wishes for children with shopping spree
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (KTUL) -- A group of Broken Arrow firefighters granted wishes for children by taking them holiday shopping.
Christmas came early for some boys and girls, especially for Ashton Bowers and Peyton Heath.
“It was fun to shop for a while," said Heath.
The two were a part of a group of deserving kids hand picked to shop with Broken Arrow firefighters.
“This is my first time coming out here doing this with the kids, but you know it kind of gets us out of the environment of the station," said firefighter Matt Estes.
The department gave each child $100 to spend from money raised by selling t-shirts throughout the year.
The kids were free to roam the south Broken Arrow Walmart buying presents they and their family might not typically receive.
“Hopefully this will leave a good impression for them for years to come and make a little bit of difference at Christmas time," said firefighter Shaun Christmas.
The department hasn’t held this event for at least 10 years.
But this year Christmas says he decided to help spread the holiday cheer.
“We had lots of people come forward, but in the end we had to hand pick some people to do this because there were so many volunteers," he said.
Walmart even provided the children a room to wrap the presents.
Giving them a shopping experience unlike any other, and one they’ll remember forever.
The department is also holding a toy drive at every fire station through Dec. 21.
Last year they collected 600 toys and hope to exceed that number this year.