Posted November 29, 2017 | 12:53 PM

First Responders to Support the Sincerely Santa Program

Make the Day Memorable for Kids

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2016) - Local firefighters and law enforcement officers will join forces to surprise students at DeSoto Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 1, with a parade that will kick off a month-long effort by the first responders to support the Sincerely Santa program.

Santa will arrive on a fire engine, flanked by first responders and their vehicles from seven agencies. After the parade, Santa will hold a story time with 50 to 100 kindergartners, followed by gifts of books for the children to take home.

Participating departments include: Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa Fire Rescue, Tampa Police, Temple Terrace Police, Temple Terrace Fire, and Florida Highway Patrol.

They will begin staging for the parade at 8 a.m. at Tampa Fire Rescue Station No. 4 in Ybor City. The parade is scheduled to start at 8:45 a.m.

The nonprofit Sincerely Santa organization began in 1987, and the program has been growing each year. Hillsborough County Public Schools selects the schools and children for the program. Sincerely Santa collects the donations, and local first responders help make the program work. Together, they've provided such necessities as food, clothing, and eyeglasses for more than 100,000 at-risk children in Hillsborough County.

More information about the Sincerely Santa program can be found at

What: Sincerely Santa parade with local first responders and Santa
When: Thursday, Dec. 1. Staging at 8 a.m. Parade starts at 8:45 a.m.
Where: Staging - Tampa Fire Rescue Station No. 4, located at 2100 E. 11th Ave. in Ybor City
Parade ends at DeSoto Elementary School, 2816 Corrine St.



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