UFA Holds Annual Holiday Party For Families of Fallen Colleagues

NY 1 - November 24, 2009

Hundreds of children of fallen firefighters took part in an annual holiday tradition yesterday. The Uniformed Firefighters Association held its 50th annual holiday party at the Toys R' Us in Times Square. Children had exclusive access to the store's Ferris wheel and had a chance to chat with Santa Claus.

Organizers say it's a joyful reprieve for many families.

"It's absolutely terrific because our families who sacrifice so much, widows and children, come to this event every year, and get a chance to do some Christmas shopping while the store is still closed," said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. "The kids get a chance to meet Santa Claus."

"It means a lot, it gives back to the kids, and all the kids from all the widows, they join together and have a ball," said a participant. "They all come in and celebrate the one day we have together, and we make friends we see on this one day."

Families went home with donated toys, games, and food.