Volunteer fire department Santa delivers hundreds of gifts to Maryland children

BETHESDA, Md. — While the sleigh was in the shop prepping for the annual global trek, Santa got a lift from a fire engine to deliver hundreds of presents to kids at a local shelter.

After two weeks of collecting gifts from the neighboring communities, the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department made its annual stop at the National Center for Children and Families.

“It is incredible,” says Meredith Rettner-Dayhoff, the director of the Greentree Shelter. “It’s something they would never have otherwise.”

About two dozen kids waited for Santa to call out their names Wednesday afternoon. Most got between five and ten presents.

The tough part? They have to wait for Christmas morning to open them.


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Who needs Prancer and Vixen? The medic unit works just fine. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
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Do we really have to wait until tomorrow to open them? (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
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For me? One of the children at the shelter picks up a gift. Most got about seven, which came from community donations. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
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Santa and the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department deliver hundreds of gifts to the Greentree Shelter. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)

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