Firefighters from all around Volusia County come to support Volusia Firefighters Charity at the First Turn Restaurant.
The First Turn Restaurant, Deltona Firefighters Foundation, Volusia Firefighters Charity and local businesses came together on Nov. 25 to help support families for Christmas.
Money was raised by purchasing $1 raffle tickets, $5 meal tickets at the First Turn Restaurant, and a $10 corn hole competition. All proceeds help fulfill the wish lists of families identified by Debary United Methodist Foster Care Unit, Halifax Pediatrics, and Guardian Ad Litem. Guests could get a picture with the pink firetruck, brought in by the Deltona Firefighters Foundation.
"It feels good to be giving toward the community and to watch the kids see the pink fire truck," said Aaron Murphy, with the Deltona Fire Department. "I get to help turn a Christmas that wouldn’t be so great into something amazing."
Murphy has been working with the charity for over four years. Brandon Browner has only been with the fire department for one year, and has enjoyed his first experience delivering presents to kids.
"Not only are we here to serve the community, we are here to serve the kids," Browner said. "It’s one of those extra things that us firefighters do."
Autumn Paris, a newly hired firefighter, organized this event to benefit the families in the Volusia County community.
The Original First Turn's Facebook page posted this message on Sunday night: "Thanks to everyone that came out today to support our local kids and Volusia County Firefighters Charities. They raised $2,000 and a firetruck full of toys. First Turn family, you rock."