ANN ARBOR, Mich. (FOX 2) - Every year, the Dearborn Fire Department brings the big man himself to Ann Arbor to help truly exceptional families.
For the last 50 years, the Dearborn Fire Department has made the annual journey. They load up their 'sleigh' with hundreds and hundreds of toys to donate to the Beaumont Center for Exceptional Families.
The Beaumont center treats children that have developmental disorders and the program brings holiday cheer to the families in need, says Dr. Susan Youngs.
"We run a really big caring for kids program at Christmas time, a lot of our families really can't afford Christmas for their children and so the Dearborn firefighters help us out every year, bring us a bunch of toys," Youngs said.
For the parents, it's a little bit of magic that goes a long way.
"It means a lot because we know a lot of families that struggle every year with the holidays and just to have them alleviate a little bit of that stress is amazing," Mary Gasiewski said.
But it also changes the firefighters too. Steve Worden says this is a chance to see people at their happiest.
"As firefighters we so many horrible things throughout our daily work days and careers this just makes us forget about this stuff and see the other side of it where we're making people happy instead of seeing people at their worst times we get to see them at their happiest," Worden said.