Firefighters take children shopping for school clothes

By: Brittany Pelletz
By: Brittany Pelletz

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -

Lexington Firefighters were called out to the Walmart today for an important job. They were there to take seventy-five kids in Lexington shopping for school clothes.

"The kids are really excited. It's kind of like Christmas in September and October. When we bring them here, they are nominated by the school so they are definitely in need," says John Durr, the President of the Lexington Fire Department's Fraternal Order Firefighters.

Each student gets to spend $100.

"I'm just very grateful for it. I feel blessed and appreciate the firefighters for all they do," says Martina Gurule, a mother.

Saturday marked the Lexington Fire Department's fourteenth year for, the "Shop with a Firefighter" program.

"It's really good because the firemen come out in uniform. Most of these guys are here on their own time. A lot of these guys sponsor the kids because that's where we get the money from," adds Durr.

"I know they are one of those groups of guys that don't make much and have a lot they sacrifice so thanks a lot," says Gurule.

Lexington firefighters say they were not able to help as many kids this year compared to previous years because of the economy. While they helped seventy-five this school year, they have helped as many as 140 at a time.

If you are interested in donating to the Shopping with a Firefighter program, contact your local Fire Department.


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