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Santa delivers gifts to Whitesburg kids with help of firefighters

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Santa Claus made several stops in Whitesburg on Christmas Eve, but he gave his reindeer the night off.

Members of the Whitesburg Fire Department engaged in their annual tradition of helping Santa spread the magic of Christmas to the city's children.

Riding in a sleigh with rubber wheels on the bottom, Santa was pulled through Whitesburg neighborhoods by a fire truck.

"No matter if you are young or old, when santa pulls up in a big red fire truck, pulling a sleigh, ringing a bell, it's the highlight of your christmas," Whitesburg F.D. Chief Gary Mullins said.

The town's firefighters have been assisting Santa for more than 60 years, Mullins said.

"The visit from Santa, it's so exciting," said Thomas Whitaker, 12, who received one of Santa's presents. "I can't go to sleep Christmas Eve."

Rylie Morgan said of Santa's visit, "I kind of like it."

The jolly old elf also swung by Whitesburg ARH Hospital, where he passed out presents to patients.

Mullins said the yearly event "actually started before I can remember."

"When I was growing up, Santa would always come to all the neighborhoods in Whitesburg and it was the highlight of our Christmas Eve."

While it's not Santa's traditional delivery method, the smiles he delivers to these kids are what keeps the tradition alive.

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