Published On: Wed, Jan 15th, 2014

Cherokee Volunteer Fire Dept. helps during holidays

This Christmas holiday was different in many ways here in the Cherokee area and several peoples holiday grew brighter thanks to the Members of the Cherokee Volunteer Fire Department.

Four families received food, clothes, and toys that were collected and delivered by the Cherokee Volunteer Fire Department and Santa Claus on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day.  (Photo courtesy of Cherokee Volunteer Fire Dept.)

Four families received food, clothes, and toys that were collected and delivered by the Cherokee Volunteer Fire Department and Santa Claus on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. (Photo courtesy of Cherokee Volunteer Fire Dept.)

Through the months of November and December, donations were being collected of toys, food and clothing by the Cherokee Vol. Fire Dept. members.  Four families received food, clothes, and toys that were collected and delivered on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. On Christmas Eve, the items were delivered to the families with a special guest of the Volunteers…Santa Claus.

Along with the families, toys were delivered to the Cherokee Children’s Home for the children spending their holiday season with us.

“The objective was for us to assist families to have a very Merry Christmas, that were experiencing difficulties this year under the current economic conditions many are faced with,” stated Volunteer Fire Dept. Captain William Roberts

“We received so much clothing we were also able to assist a family in the Qualla fire district, which we were called to that lost everything on Dec. 27.  The remaining clothes were donated to a church in the Goose Creek area that provides assistance to needing families.

“Our goal for next year is to collect enough toys and food to assist ten families,” said Capt. Roberts.

The families this year and the Volunteer Fire Department related they would like to thank all of those individuals and families that donated the toys, food, clothing, and bicycles.

The officers of the Cherokee Volunteer Fire Department include: Jonah Teesatuskie, Chief; Tyler Taylor, Asst. Chief; and Captains Chris Farmer, William Roberts, and James Armachain.

The Members of the Cherokee Volunteer Fire Department include: Sam Bird, Greg Church, Dereck Driver, Chris Fuller, Dylan  Saunooke, Chebon Postoak, Anthony Lee, Zack Winchester, and Reed Maddox.

Cherokee Volunteer Fire Department also announces the death of former member Robert Bigmeat who passed away Jan. 4 at his home in the Wrights Creek community of Cherokee. Robert served several years with the Volunteer department and our Condolences and Prayers go out to his family to comfort them with their loss.

– Cherokee Volunteer Fire Department

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