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Making Spirits Bright: Pasadena Firefighters Deliver Christmas Trees to NAACP Pasadena Branch for Toy Drive

Published on Monday, December 18, 2023 | 5:58 am

Twenty Christmas trees along with stands and assorted toys were distributed Sunday at the NAACP Pasadena chapter headquarters, as part of their annual Christmas toy drive.

Local firefighters arrived at the Pasadena branch of the NAACP early Sunday morning to deliver 20 Christmas trees while volunteers and local residents filled tables with blankets and gifts for children of all ages, donated by the community and USPS employees.

The Pasadena Fire Department and the Pasadena Firefighters Association IAFF Local 809 stepped up to provide 20 trees for the toy drive event.

“I was having coffee with the Fire Chief Chad Augustin about a week ago,” said NAACP Pasadena Branch President Allen Edson, “and I asked him if we could have trees this year, and he said yes.”

This is the third year of the delivery of Christmas trees to the Pasadena NAACP by the Pasadena Fire Department’s Union. 

“This is really part of our mission statement. It’s the best part of our job,” said Pasadena Fire Captain Daniel Delgado, who was participating in his second such event.

“It’s a great giveback from the Pasadena Fire Department to the community,” said Edson. 

“We’re just trying to help those who can use some support for the holidays,” said Edson, as he stacked up gifts onto a decorated table in the NAACP office parking lot, adding that while most families were pre-registered for the event, no one was turned away.