When I first heard the Peachtree City Fire Department was hosting a Santa Run, it seemed like a perfect setting to host our annual MOMS Club Peachtree City South kids' Christmas party! After immediately contacting the Peachtree City Fire Department to discuss the idea, I was put in touch with Dan Marsden, a.k.a Santa Dan, who was even more enthusiastic about the idea than I was. He went above and beyond to make it a special experience, even pulling together a team of firefighters to make sure it went off without a hitch. The event was held on Saturday, December 7 at Fire Station 81, immediately after the Santa Run.
Santa and his mascot, Sparky, arrived at the MOMS Club PTCS party atop their Fire truck greeted by eager kids and parents waiting outside. Baited excitement and anticipation gave way to cheers and blowing whistles as Santa came down from his fire engine. Many of the kids ran over to hug Santa and Sparky, my daughter even kissed Sparky on the nose! It was a precious moment. Santa Dan proceeded to hand out gifts to all the children including coloring books, and little fire truck hats. Afterwards, the kids climbed into the fire truck while parents took family photos with Santa and Sparky to capture the memory.
In appreciation of Santa Dan and the staff of Fire Station 81, many moms brought canned goods and/or new unwrapped toys for local food pantries in Fayette County and the Marine's Toys For Tots program, to which the PTC Fire Department donates.
Luckily, there were no fire emergencies that day...just a day to enjoy the spirit of Christmas and feel proud to be part of such a wonderful community thanks to Fire Station 81 and especially Santa Dan!