Lauderhill firefighters came to the aid of a local family Tuesday – not by putting out a fire, but instead by bearing gifts.
Tangela Frazier and her six kids were surprised by more than a dozen firefighters and their families with Christmas gifts and generosity Tuesday morning.
"My kids haven't had a Christmas. Thank you Lauderhill,” Frazier said, crying.
The family given a computer and printer, several iPods, a digital camera, gift cards – and a Christmas tree.
"My kids never complain. I don't care if they don't have shoes like other kids, they just wear it in stride,” Frazier said. “They're awesome and they deserve this and that's what I told Captain Zack."
It all started when Frazier saw the firefighters at a local supermarket and asked them how to get a donated Christmas tree. They learned that Frazier was recently divorced, facing foreclosure and down on her luck.
"It's our honor to be able to give back holiday cheer and joy to this family who is well-deserving, and it's actually a blessing for them and us,” said Lt. Jason Clarke of the Lauderhill Fire Department.
The firefighters chipped in and bought the presents with their own money.
Frazier’s son Lamar, 12, said it was “very awesome” to receive the gifts.
"I'm very thankful and grateful for all they've done for us,” said Leery Frazier, who is 14.