Numerous state authorities, organizations and agencies took part in a special operation Thursday afternoon. The objective; make it a very merry Christmas at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.
The Vermont State Police in conjunction with the Burlington Fire Department and numerous other organizations teamed up to gather new toys and donations from the public for the 7th annual Christmas toy drive, Operation Fire Cuffs.
After collecting more toys than ever before, it appeared Santa’s sleigh wasn’t big enough to get the job done this year. Crews worked to fill the Vermont State Police Mobile Command Center truck, multiple fire engines and police cruisers with the holiday goods.
With the extra heavy load, Santa called on some special friends to help. Champ, from the Vermont Lake Monsters, Rally Cat from UVM, and Clover from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture were invited to accompany Santa on the trip.
From UVM Rescue headquarters, the team was on their way with visions of making it a Christmas the boys and girls at the hospital would never forget.
Thanks to the helping hands, hooves and paws, and a much-needed police escort, Santa had finally arrived. After the big haul, the team was rewarded with ice cream from the UVM Dairy Bar. Much to the amusement of his new friends, Santa sat down to read a Christmas story. And most importantly, all of the toys were delivered.
The Vermont State Police, City of Burlington Fire Department, City of Burlington Police Department, South Burlington Fire Department, Essex Fire Department, Morristown Police Department, Colchester Police Department, University of Vermont Police Department, U.S. Marshals, Burlington Electric Department, Winooski Police Department, Essex Junction Fire Department, American Red Cross, Milton Police & Fire Department, Fairfax Rescue, Franklin County Sheriffs Office, Cambridge Rescue Squad, Saint Michael’s College Public Safety, Saint Michaels College Fire and Rescue, Grand Isle Fire Department, Swanton Police Department, Department of Corrections Chittenden County the Highgate Library and Community Center and Northwestern Counseling and Support Services and many more.