NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One family in North Little Rock got an unexpected surprise from Santa's helpers this Christmas Eve. Sweet Home Fire Department, along with North Little Rock Fire and Police departments, staged the scene as if they were responding to an emergency but it was anything but that.
A few firefighters from Sweet Home partnered with Christian Angel Support Center to give back to a family in need. A mother of three, Demetrise Wilson, had no idea she would get unexpected company let alone presents for her children. Assistant Fire Chief, Will Hamilton, said he wanted to spread a little holiday cheer this year.
“There’s people out there that can always use our help, there’s people who can’t bring home Christmas to their families like other people can,” he said.
Hamilton and a few other firefighters staged a fake fire and arrived outside Highcliff Apartments as if they were on a call. Wilson, her family, and everyone else in the building rushed outside to see what all the commotion was about. What they found was unexpected.
“We wanted to see the smiles on the kids’ faces," Hamilton said. "Christmas has arrived. Everything is not as bad as it seems.”
Wilson said she and her family have been making due this Christmas. Just a few days ago, her home was broken into and their TV stolen. But, the fire department gifted them not just presents but a new television as well.
Hamilton said they wanted to make sure Wilson and her children were able to see the Christmas specials during the holiday season.
“I do appreciate them so much, I’ll never forget them. I don’t know how I’ll pay them back but this is a truly a blessing and I love them so much for it,” she said.
Wilson said her children will remember and cherish this day for many years to come.