Santa’s Run to spread hol­i­day cheer

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - NEWS - By Jeff Mill Re­porter Jeff Mill cov­ers East Hamp­ton, Cromwell and Port­land for the Mid­dle­town Press. Con­tact him at [email protected]­medi­

CROMWELL — Santa Claus will make an early visit to Cromwell Satur­day, cour­tesy of the Cromwell Fire De­part­ment.

The an­nual day­long Santa’s Run, which be­gins at 9 a.m. and con­tin­ues un­til about 5 p.m., serves two pur­poses, a fire de­part­ment spokesman ex­plained.

First, us­ing hol­i­day dec­o­rated emer­gency ve­hi­cles, mem­bers of the fire de­part­ment will es­cort Santa around town. Santa and his fire­fight­ing elves have promised to visit every street in town, hand­ing out candy canes to both the young and the young at heart, Fire Chief Michael Teren­zio said.

It’s an ef­fort that “takes a lot of plan­ning on the part of the fire de­part­ment,” he said.

The other part of the run in­volves help­ing to make the up­com­ing hol­i­day all it can be for res­i­dents in need of as­sis­tance, Deputy Chief Michael Salo­nia ex­plained. To that end, fire­fight­ers “will be col­lect­ing new, un­wrapped toys for the Cromwell so­cial ser­vices de­part­ment as well as canned food for the town’s food bank and gift cards to help with the food bank,” Salo­nia said.

As the brightly dec­o­rated emer­gency ve­hi­cles be­gin their drive down a street, res­i­dents take out their dona­tions, be they food, toys or gifts, and hand them over to the fire­fight­ers. “There are many groups that hold toy and food drives to help out the com­mu­nity. The de­part­ment is just try­ing to do its share,” Salo­nia said.

Santa’s Run “could not be pos­si­ble without the gen­eros­ity of our com­mu­nity. When you hear the sirens of the fire trucks and am­bu­lances in the com­mu­nity on Satur­day, please come out to meet Santa and mem­bers of the de­part­ment,” he said.

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Santa Claus will visit Cromwell homes Satur­day dur­ing the an­nual Santa’s Run spon­sored by the Cromwell Fire De­part­ment.

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