Savannah firefighters again are helping to brighten the Christmas season for children served by Savannah’s Greenbriar Children’s Center.
Savannah Fire Chief Charles G. Middleton, along with Assistant Chiefs Curtis Wallace and Jeff Alberts and Captain Steven Emberton delivered toys to the center Monday morning. The toys had been donated to the department by the local Wingmen Motorcycle Club and ABATE organizations. It was the 28th year that the Wingmen and ABATE (American Bikers Active Toward Education) collected the toys for distribution in the community. Captain Emberton and Captain Christopher Shelnutt were instrumental in collecting the toys again this year.
Chief Middleton expressed his appreciation for the firefighters’ efforts in collecting the toys and praised Greenbriar’s staff for the critical work they do for the community. Emberton said more than 1,000 people and numerous area businesses donated gifts through his group’s toy run. He said
he’s proud to be able to give back to the community. He said he hopes all children will be able to experience the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning and he encouraged everyone to think of those less fortunate in the community.
Greenbriar was founded in 1944 and the center opened, initially as an orphanage in 1949. Its mission is to promote the healthy development of children and the strengthening of families. The center provides services that include an emergency shelter, homeless/runaway assistance, residential care, independent living, early childhood education & care and Project Safe Place.
Greenbriar’s Director Gena Taylor said the firefighters’ generous donation will enable Greenbriar to help children in the community to enjoy Christmas when they might not have had that opportunity in the past. She thanked Savannah Fire & Emergency Services for the gifts and the firefighters for their generosity and service to the Savannah community.