Firefighters and police officers, with the assistance of Santa Claus, delivered gifts Saturday morning to a Huntley child battling a life-threatening illness.
The Huntley Fire Protection District said they proudly made the special Christmas delivery on behalf of Operation North Pole.
Operation North Pole is a volunteer-based public charity that provides magical fantasy trips to the North Pole for families with a child battling a life-threatening illness.
The charity organization canceled that event due to COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses.
The organization instead partnered with local fire departments to make the gift deliveries while their main event was on hold.
Multiple police and fire departments responded Saturday morning on behalf of the charity organization to a Huntley home.
Emergency vehicles first gathered at Huntley fire station #1 before traveling into the neighborhood together.
Santa Claus rode in Huntley’s fire truck and delivered presents alongside firefighters to a family with three children.
Members of the St. Mary Catholic Church of Huntley sang Christmas carols while fire and police personnel lined the family’s driveway.
The Huntley Fire Protection District said they were assisted by the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Woodstock and Pingree Grove fire departments along with the Algonquin and Huntley police departments.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Kane County Sheriff’s Office also showed up.
“We love giving back to the community we serve, especially during the holiday season,” the Huntley Fire Protection District said.