WARREN, R.I. (WJAR) — The Warren Fire Department, along with volunteers, made the holiday season a little more merry and bright for a family of six. And it was all a big surprise.
“I first was told to put on my shoes, and then I heard the sirens,” Chloe Durand told NBC 10 News Wednesday night. “And then I saw Santa Claus.”
Santa was happy to help.
“You’ll be unwrapping for weeks,” he told the family.
The truth is, it’s been a hard year for the Durand family. About eight months ago, Maya Durand was hit by a car. She suffered two broken legs. While she is lucky to be alive, the crash ultimately put their family through financial hardship.
“We just had struggles from there on out,” Sarah Durand said. “And, so this is unbelievable.”
But in this special moment, Chloe, Maya, Jonna and the youngest, Wyatt, forgot all their troubles.
“Thank you doesn’t seem enough to say,” Sarah said.
They were swept with joy – and even Santa got emotional.
“It did bring a little tear to Santa’s eyes his year,” he said.
The James D. Rielly Foundation coordinated the efforts.