Temple firefighters surprise sick kids

200 gifts for 40 children

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 7:30pm

Giving gifts to sick kids- It has become an annual tradition for the Temple Fire Department.

Every year, more than a dozen firefighters take time out of their Christmas morning to spread holiday cheer.

Instead of unwrapping gifts with their own families. 19 of Temple’s bravest are handing out gifts at the Scott and White McLane Children's Hospital
in Temple to kids who have to spend Christmas there.

The local firefighters association is
spending its own money to buy gifts for almost 40 children.

Little Austin Nunley has been battling asthma overnight.

But luckily for him, he won’t be spending Christmas morning alone.

His mother appreciates the crew’s gesture.

“I was really surprised and I’m really grateful for that. It’s nice. It’s really nice. I can’t tell you, I
mean it was just him and I here and it was really nice to have somebody come in and do that for
us," said Kristin Nunley.

The firefighters don’t mind either.

“We live in this community too," said Thomas Pechal of Teple F.D.

“They should be home with their families. And if they’re not
able to because they’re sick- they are pretty ill. Being in a hospital is not where any parent or
child would want to be," said Pechal.

"Hopefully by receiving a toy from the fire fighters and seeing a smile
and a friendly face. Hopefully it will make their day a little easier. For the parent and the child.”

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