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Redding Smokejumpers Provide Christmas Cheer

by Chuck Sheley |

About 40 volunteers from the U.S. Forest Service and multiple partners braved snow to help 62 local disadvantaged youth kick off their holiday season.

Volunteers cooked lunch in Dutch ovens and helped with arts and crafts as they guided small groups of children through the day’s activities.

Volunteers led the children on a tour of the smokejumper base. The children caught candy that was thrown to them by smokejumpers, who jumped from a training tower. To wrap up the day’s festivities, as with most Christmas holiday events, Santa Claus came to town complete with presents, which were provided by Toys for Tots.