Dougie and Ray’s and Meijer are footing the bill for the shopping, he said. Fairfield police Officer Doug Day said it’s an easy decision to participate.
“We’ve been tied in with Ted and his charity for awhile,” he said. “We said we’d help and it blew up from there.”
The department tries to attend or participate in whatever Dougie and Ray’s organizes because “it goes to kids in our city, so it’s kind of hard not to do it.”
Fairfield Twp. Assistant Police Chief Capt. Doug Lanier said helping underprivileged families “is the most crucial thing” about the program as they may not get to enjoy Christmas as other families do this time of year.
“This is nothing but a positive program” that highlights the compassion first responders and area leaders have for the community, he said.
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Fairfield Deputy Fire Chief Tom Wagner and Fairfield Twp. Fire Chief Timothy Thomas said they’re involved because it’s an extension of their roles as public servants.
“It’s giving back to the community,” Wagner said. “We’re public servants, and it’s not just about interacting with the public in emergencies.”
Thomas said they participate in anything that helps the community.
“Any time we can help those that are less fortunate, especially during the holidays, is part of what our mission is,” he said. “The goal is to help our community, and this is one way that we can do that.”
Those participating feel the program has even more room to grow next year and beyond.
“If it expands next year, then awesome,” McDaniel said. “It’s just about keeping it going, and make it that’s something part of the city and the township every year.”