Duluth Fire Dept. shops for Salvation Army

Updated: December 14, 2020 10:39 PM
Created: December 14, 2020 08:06 PM

Every year, they pool their money for Christmas. And every year, the Duluth Fire Department makes sure Northland kids have a Christmas to remember.

"It started out 21 years ago. It was first a challenge between the Fire Department and the Police Department. That first year, they failed to mention that to us, so they won," says Fire Captain Ed Schumacher. "And then after that, it's been going on. And both the Fire Department and the Police Department have been donating generously to the toy drive."

This year, the firefighters raised around $4,000 to go on a Target shopping spree, which is what they did Monday morning.

"It's a generous donation from our guys, and I'm floored every year that they give what they do give, and it's much appreciated." Scumacher says they try to shop for what they call the forgotten age group: teens. He says they want to make sure the big kids are taken care of too.

"Firefighters, we work so closely with community. We enjoy working with community," says Schumacher. "We're just big Boy Scouts. And we also feel that we should give back to the community that supports us. It's these people who are the most vulnerable are the ones being laid off at this time. And they need this little extra leg up to help with their shopping and their children to make sure they do have a Merry Christmas."

All the goodies purchases were given to the Salvation Army in Duluth.

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