Annapolis Santa Run


 

2014 Annapolis Santa Run Update

 

            In the October 2014 issue of Firehouse magazine I was recognized with a Community Service Award. I am honored to have been nominated and received this award.

            The Annapolis Santa Run would not be possible without the help of the many volunteers who give their time every year. From the community volunteers, Annapolis Sons of the Signers, Anne Arundel County schools, The Center For Applied Technology South, churches, local businesses, Chesapeake Antique Fire Apparatus Association, Heroes, Fleet and Family Support Services Annapolis, Arnold VFD, Cape St Clair VFD, Eastport VFD, West Annapolis VFD, Woodland Beach VFD, Annapolis Fire Department Headquarters staff (Office personnel, maintenance, Chief Officers), W& P Nautical, Annapolis Police, Anne Arundel County Police, Anne Arundel county Sheriffs and finally the Annapolis Firefighters Local 1926 who are the driving force behind the Annapolis Santa Run.

            Each year on the second Sunday in December we set out with Santa in search of new toys for our neighbors in need. We stop at over fifty communities in Annapolis, Annapolis Neck and Broadneck. Each run or route starts with a police escort an antique fire engine, modern fire engine and a chase vehicle. At each stop Santa meets and greet the children. The children then greet Santa bringing him new toys to take to the North Pole.

            On this night we help create memories. From the child who meets Santa for the first time, to our elderly neighbors reliving childhood memories. Some of my favorite memories are of a young firefighter who was so excited to be driving Santa's sleigh that he forgot the elves. (His initials are CB) 

The exciting phone call I received from the staff of W&P nautical.  (Have you seen how full the North Pole is) The elderly volunteers who help with the toy sorting. To the new mother who called me and asked that when her child is old enough can they be one of Santa's elves.

            However it is not my memories that are most important. It's the memories of the family of a sick child who does not have the means to Christmas shop, the mother fighting cancer who is to weak to shop, the child who is growing up in a life of poverty, a father who recently lost his job. These are our family, friends and neighbors in need. This is the reason that so many people from OUR community unite to make this an Annapolis area tradition.

            For more than a decade, we have helped over 7000 children wake up to a brighter Christmas morning.

            Please come out on December 14, 2014 and support Santa Run

 

The stops are listed on our website www.annapolissantarun.com

 

            Lt John D. Muhitch

            Annapolis Firefighters Local 1926

            Chairman Annapolis Santa Run

 

 

 

 
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