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Firefighters adopt families

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Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Wrapping gifts for families the Lake Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association adopted for Christmas from the Family Resource Center are, from left, Matt Hartnett, LV Fire Protection District volunteer, Sid Brown and Austin Pierce.

Jeff Michael, Lake Valley Fire District fire chief, and his wife, Anne, have adopted families for Christmas through the South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center for the past several years. This year they were approached by the center to help fill a huge void for additional help for needy families.

Michael approached the Lake Valley Volunteer Firefighter’s Association to see if they would be willing to help. The association, along with the Lake Valley firefighters’ wives and families, jumped at the chance to give a helping hand.

It also branched out into several other businesses with which the wives were associated. Stateline Medical Clinic and Coldwell Banker Realty also helped to adopt families through the LVFA. In all, 31 families with more than 100 children were adopted. They would most likely have gone without Christmas for their children if the firefighters had not become involved.

Almost all the firefighters adopted at least one family. They all got together on Sunday to organize and wrap gifts for each of the families they adopted.

“It was a very overwhelming, humbling experience for all of us,” Michael said. “To think that you can make a difference for a child who you know would not have anything for Christmas really makes your heart feel good. All of our children also were involved in shopping and wrapping the gifts. This was a great experience for all of us – it was “priceless.”

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