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Johnston City Fire Department raises $2,300 for gifts

  • Members and volunteers of the Johnston City Fire Department pose with the $2,300 worth of Christmas gifts they donated to the Manna Mission's Angel Tree.  Greg Jennings, Tricia Smith, Mike Teeling, Wayne Rice, and MM direcotr Cheri Littlon had to make space for the gifts bound for 23 area youngsters.

    Members and volunteers of the Johnston City Fire Department pose with the $2,300 worth of Christmas gifts they donated to the Manna Mission's Angel Tree. Greg Jennings, Tricia Smith, Mike Teeling, Wayne Rice, and MM direcotr Cheri Littlon had to make space for the gifts bound for 23 area youngsters.
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  • Assistant Fire Chief Greg Jennings, left, and volunteers Tricia Smith, Wayne Rice and Mike Teeling drop off $2,300 in gifts Saturday at Johnston City's Manna Mission.

    Assistant Fire Chief Greg Jennings, left, and volunteers Tricia Smith, Wayne Rice and Mike Teeling drop off $2,300 in gifts Saturday at Johnston City's Manna Mission.
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updated: 12/6/2017 4:01 PM

Giving back to the community is something that Johnston City Fire Chief Tom Burton feels is important for his department to do.

"Some people don't have it as lucky as others," he said. "Besides helping when they need assistance like fire or medical, we can also help them out in different ways."

Burton's department came through in a big way this week, providing Christmas for 23 local children from the Manna Mission's Angel Tree.

"We did a boot collection at the four-way a couple of weeks ago," said Burton. That afternoon raised $2,300.

Then came the fun, according to volunteer Tricia Smith. "We went shopping to get the gifts," she said. "It makes my heart full."

Assistant Chief Greg Jennings, Smith, and volunteers Wayne Rice and Mike Teeling delivered the goods to the Manna Mission on Saturday, a whole van-load of bags that director Cheri Litton had to make room for.

Litton said in the 21 years she has been doing the Angel Tree, this is the first year that every single angel was spoken for. "That lets us spend donations on other things to help people in need," she said.

Burton says his department has been doing the activity for seven years. "We're willing to help our community in any way possible."