BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - Firefighters from the city of Beaufort and the Town of Port Royal are adopting the Child Abuse Prevention Association children's shelter this holiday season.
Organizers said firefighters chose to give residents of the shelter gifts instead of sharing gifts with each other.
"Our guys wanted to give to an agency that they could be directly involved with," said Lt. Reece Bertholf, who organized the firefighters. "They've been to the shelter to decorate for the holidays – including hanging lights and more than 2,000 ornaments. Each ornament represents one child the CAPA facility has helped in its 25-plus years of service."
The firefighters will wrap gifts and prepare a holiday meal for the children. The meal will be delivered by Santa on a fire truck on Christmas Eve.
"These firefighters are outstanding role models for the kids," said Capt. John Robinson in a news release. "Firefighters respond to tragedies all year long. CAPA is one of those agencies that try to make it better."
The CAPA shelter motto is "Open arms and open hearts".
"For the children in the shelter, we'd like to think the worst is behind them," said CAPA Community Relations Coordinator Gloria Duryea in a news release.