COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - First responders at a Columbus fire station loaded up their ladder and truck and made a hefty donation to the Open Door Community House on Wednesday.
Fire and EMS from Station 1 delivered dozens of bicycles to the organization in hopes of giving a child a gift they may not otherwise see during the holidays.
“So, what’s important to note here is that this was organized at the fire station level,” said Columbus Fire Marshal Ricky Shores. “These are the troops getting together wanting to give back to the community. Our firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement officers, every day they’re out in the community seeing some things a lot of times the community doesn’t always know about, and they see these kids go without and they just want to give back.”
"Not many of the children we serve have bicycles of their own, even books of their own to be honest,” said Kim Jenkins, executive director of the Open Door Community House. “So, this gift from the fire department and this community is just phenomenal for them. So very excited about it."
The bicycles will be at the Open Door Community House distribution center for those in need.