Linton Fire Department gathered donations for food pantry

Monday, December 10, 2012
(Submitted Photo) Hailey Hargrove, 4, visited with Santa Claus Saturday at the Linton Fire Department. Heather Graves of How Charming Photography offered a free photograph with Santa for each family that brought in a non-perishable food item.

The Linton Fire Department and How Charming Photography teamed up over the weekend to provide photos with Santa Claus and gather donations for the Linton Community Food Pantry.

Linton Fire Chief Brad Sparks said they received cash donations and "about a table full" of canned goods.

Heather Graves of How Charming Photography took photos of families with Santa, with one free print per family with the donation of a non-perishable food item.

"It wasn't as much as we wanted, but every little bit helps," Sparks noted. "I think we will do it again next year."

Along with firefighters, the fire chief and Santa Claus at the fire department Saturday, Sparky the dog made an appearance as well. Visitors also got to see the inside of the fire trucks.

Sparks said, along with helping out with the Linton Community Food Pantry, he was pleased to see the smiles on the children's faces.

"Some of them, they really liked to see Sparky, but not Santa. Some wanted to see Santa, and weren't interested in Sparky. Some just wanted to see the fire trucks, and didn't care so much about Santa or Sparky," Sparks said.

The Linton Fire Department will be getting in contact with LCFP director Mike Roth in order to drop off the donations.

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