MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- This week, the personnel from the Rutherford County Fire Rescue Department and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service, along with Mapco Stores, will be donating 50 bicycles to area children.
"As we all know, Christmas is for giving, and our two services would like to give back to our community," said Terry Cunningham, a community relations coordinator for Emergency Medical Services. "There are many children who are not able to have gifts under the tree. This is one way of helping."
The first event will be held Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. It will take place at a Rutherford County Fire Rescue Department station, located at 2785 Barfield Road in Murfreesboro.
The families for this event were chosen by several different community support groups, according to organizers. Participating families must present a voucher that was given to them by local organizations.
Little Caesars is also donating pizza that will be served while waiting to see Santa Claus.
The second event will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, at 8 a.m. at the same location.
County officials and Mapco Stores are partnering for this event as well and will be providing Christmas toys to local children between the ages of 2 and 10 years old on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Parents must have proof of residency from Rutherford County.
Santa and his helpers will also be there to visit with the children.
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