NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The North Las Vegas Fire Department helped a local family with a much-needed Christmas gift.
Firefighters delivered Santa Claus and gifts to the Morales family on Christmas Eve. After the family lost a husband and father - leaving a mother, Theresa Gomez, worried about being able to provide gifts to her seven children on Christmas.
The children received bikes and toys that were donated by the community through the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation Annual Toy Drive.
"Our firefighters, and firefighters throughout the valley, have once again spent the last month gathering donated toys and funds to help those in need this holiday season," Fire Chief Joseph Calhoun said. "The dedication and giving spirit of our personnel never ceases to amaze me.
In addition to the gifts from Santa, Mariana's Supermarket also provided the Morales family with a Christmas dinner.
Santa and his elves rode with firefighters in a procession of four fire apparatus, bringing "Emergency Holiday Cheer" to the family.
"I am proud that we will be able to help make the season brighter for the Morales family and countless others throughout North Las Vegas and Clark County," Calhoun said.
The Morales' was nominated by a counselor at Quannah McCall Elementary School as part of the NLVFD's annual Christmas family program. Mr. Morales passed away earlier this year, leaving behind his wife, Theresa Gome, to raise their children, ranging in ages 3-16.
Kids in the neighborhood also received toys with Santa's visit.