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Volunteer firefighters providing Christmas for 60 families

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OOLTEWAH, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB)  --  Every Christmas the people at the Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department turn their training facility into a toy station.

Hundreds of gifts will be distributed to more than 60 local families on Christmas Eve. The fire department partners with schools to raise money for toys.

On Christmas Eve, firefighters load up their red engines and deliver presents.

Even though the point is to bless others, the volunteers say they always end up getting more than they give.

"When the toys come in, we start wrapping and it turns into magic," says Office Manager, Tammie Adams. 

The building at 9100 Old Snow Hill Road has served many purposes over the years.  In the past it has been a school and fire training center, but this time of year it looks more like Santa's workshop.

"I feel like we're helping do the Lord's work," says Adams.  "We're helping those who can't help themselves." 

This is Adams' 9th year volunteering for the drive and she says it never gets old.

"There's not a child that doesn't deserve something on Christmas morning," she says. 

For Adams, the magic happens as she wraps each gift with a shiny bow. For Volunteer Firefighter Nick Wilson, it's when he puts that gift in a child's hands.

"Sometimes we don't know if they're more excited about getting the toys, or seeing the fire trucks," Wilson says with a laugh. 

The volunteers have enough gifts for each child to take at least three, some will get four or five gifts. Before Wilson's done he'll also give their parents two or three boxes of food.

"We stay as long as possible with the kid and play with them," he says.   

From now until Christmas Eve, it's a mad dash to get every present wrapped and every box filled.  This year volunteers will deliver Christmas to more than 60 families, who would otherwise go without food or presents.   

That's why the volunteers say it's the best thing they do all year. 

"I think it's amazing," Wilson says.  "It makes me feel good that we're making a difference for the kids in our community."

The donations only go to local families. The fire department works with schools to compile the list of families every year.

The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department has sponsored the drive for nearly 30 years. 

In that time, they've distributed more than three tons of food.

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