In its 20th year, the Central Arkansas Firefighters Christmas Boot Drive was able to provide gifts to nearly 600 Faulkner County children.
Since the program, formally called “Fill the Boot,” began, it has provided Christmas for more than 13,000 children and their families.
Local firefighters and other volunteers hold out boots on the weekends for three weekends prior to Christmas to collect money to provide gifts to local children who otherwise would go without on Christmas Day. Money raised is also used to provide Christmas dinner to local families.
Charlie Bates, CAFCBD director and a Conway Fire Department engineer, said the Christmas boot drive helps bring hope to Faulkner County families.
“It’s not really what the CBD means to me, but what it means to the families in Faulkner County,” he said. “We want families to feel hope and love each Christmas. It’s a stressful time of year for some, but how much more for the mom that isn’t sure if her child will have something to unwrap on Christmas Day? To that mother, we provide hope and