Annapolis Santa Run
Annapolis Santa Run Update
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
than a decade, we have helped over 7000 children wake up to a brighter
out on December 14, 2014 and support Santa Run
The stops are listed on our website www.annapolissantarun.com
Lt John D.
Firefighters Local 1926
Annapolis Santa Run