Most people spend Christmas Eve frantically battling with wrapping paper, purchasing last minute gifts and getting started on their feasts.
But not the folks at Picton Fire and Rescue – they’ll bit hitting the streets to spread some festive cheer.
The volunteers’ annual Lolly Run will kick off on Christmas Eve afternoon, seeing all members of the squad give bags of lollies to the kids of Picton.
Captain Bill Morris said the firefighters look forward to the event every year.
“Everybody at the station gets involved, it’s all volunteer time for us,” he said.
“We do it just to see the kids’ faces light up – we all enjoy getting out there.”
Captain Morris said the firefighters made 700 bags of lollies to deliver to the children and also included fire safety promotions inside.
He said it was harder and harder to come up with the fundraising dollars each year, but the crew were determined to continue the tradition.
Unfortunately, Albion Park RFS crew were forced to cancel their Lolly Run this year due to a lack of funds.
“It’s not as easy as it has been to find funds for the Lolly Run,” Captain Morris said.
“Each year it runs into a couple of thousand dollars – it’s 700 bags times a few dollars each.
“This year we’ve already had the bowling club chip in $200 and we have more fundraising coming up.”
Captain Morris said Picton kids could expect the same Lolly Run they’ve come to know and love.
He said two trucks would be involved, with one driving ahead and sounding the horn to alert kids the run was happening, and the second carrying the volunteers and the lollies.
“All the children hear the horn from the first truck and we like to get them all together so we can hand out the lollies,” Captain Morris said.
“We’re still working out the route and the times, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page as it gets closer.”