PHOTO UPDATE: Firefighters Host Bonfire

Hundreds of children and adults gathered at Lake Arrowhead Village for the annual bonfire complete with the arrival of Santa Claus and the collection of items for the Spark of Love Toy Drive. (Photo by San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters’ Association)

By Michael P. Neufeld

PHOTO UPDATE – Tuesday, December 4 – 9:50 a.m.

Lake Arrowhead, CA – Hundreds of children shared their wish list with Santa at the Lake Arrowhead bonfire.

And members of the San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters’ Association served hot dogs and hot drinks and collected toys for the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Santa handed out special treats to hundreds of children and listened as they rattled off their holiday wish list. (Photo by San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters’ Association)

County firefighters staffed the bonfire in the parking lot of Lake Arrowhead Village on December 3. (Photo by San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters’ Association)

Toys for the Spark of Love Toy Drive and monetary donations were collected during the Lake Arrowhead bonfire. (Photo by San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters’ Association)

 

ORIGINAL STORY

Lake Arrowhead, CA – ‘Tis a few days before Christmas and all through Lake Arrowhead Village children will be awaiting Santa’s visit.

Santa visits with a youngster during a recent bonfire at Lake Arrowhead Village. (File Photo by Michael P. Neufeld)

Then a cheer will go up as a fire engine makes its way to the annual Lake Arrowhead bonfire with red lights flashing and sirens screaming with Santa Claus waving as he pulls into sight of hundreds of children anxious to share their Christmas wish list. Parents are invited to bring cameras and snap pictures of their children with Santa.

The San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters’ Association presents Santa’s visit — Monday, December 3 — along with the annual bonfire with free hot dogs and hot cocoa with free admission begins at 6 p.m . in the lower parking lot.

Two large bonfires — tended by firefighters assigned to the local fire stations — will warm and illuminate the event as holiday music provided by Lake Arrowhead’s Paid-2-Party disc jockey service  plays in the background. There will be trivia questions asked by the disc jockeys and prizes awarded for correct answers.

SPARK OF LOVE TOY DRIVE

Firefighters will be on hand to not only cook the hot dogs, but to accept donations for the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive.

The drive collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for under served children and teens in the mountain communities. Cash donations will also be accepted.

For over two decades, Southern California firefighters have collected toys during the holiday season with a record of collecting over seven million toys for needy families.

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