POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – With COVID-19, going to visit Santa can be a challenge this year.
The Poland Fire Department got creative to make sure everyone gets a chance to see him, however.
The Firemen’s Association hosted its first drive-thru Santa event. It was from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Station 92, located at 7619 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road.
Kids could give Santa and Mrs. Claus their list and also got red firefighter hats for during the visit.
A firefighter also walked around in gear to show kids what they look like so they won’t be scared of them if they have to enter a family’s home during a fire.
All the activities replaced the department’s normal holiday fundraising.
“We’re raising our money for our program called ‘Christmas at Our House,’ where we buy Christmas gifts and Christmas dinner for some less fortunate people in Poland. This is our only fundraiser for this currently, other than a GoFundMe page that we have,” said Lieutenant Dan Wright.
Those who came also had a chance to enter to win gifts from local restaurants and see the fire trucks and other special guests.
Visits are by donation. The money raised will be used to create gift baskets for families in need this holiday season.
Wright said the fire department saw at least 400 cars drive through Saturday.
The event was such a success that he says they may do a Santa visit again next year.