Longwood Fire Company celebrates the holidays

Longwood Fire Company is celebrating the holiday season by participating with organization in numerous events benefiting members of the community. Longwood escorts Santa through townships served, collects toys and warm coats for needy children as well as runs a blood drive.

“The holiday season is a special time of year to assist those having specific needs,” said Chief A. J. McCarthy. “I’m proud of the way our members respond not only now but throughout the year.”

Longwood is joining other area groups, including the Kennett Township Police Department, in conducting a blood drive with the American Red Cross to be held at the Kennett Township Building, 801 Burrows Run Road, Kennett Square, on Thursday, December 14, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Blood donations are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as they come in. Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients.

Longwood and the Kennett Township Police Department are also joining together in two endeavors to help those in need. They are collecting toys to be donated to the children of the A. I. du Pont’s Hospital for Children. Donations will be accepted through December 13. The two organizations are also collecting warm jackets to help ward off the coming winter chill.

Longwood is also escorting Santa on a company fire truck.  All of the trips begin at 9:00 a.m. Santa will visit areas served by Longwood’s fire and rescue service. Santa’s schedule:

Saturday, December 9 - East Marlborough

Sunday, December 10 - Pennsbury

Saturday, December 16 - Kennett Township

Sunday, December 17 - Pocopson

Longwood Fire Company has served the communities of Kennett, East Marlborough, Pennsbury and Pocopson townships since 1921. Longwood Fire Company provides fire and rescue and emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information see www.longwoodfireco.com.

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