On June 21, when the children at the Oaks Apartments woke up, they were excited and looking forward to spending time with people from the Hilton Head Fire Department, who have the reputation for entertaining kids while teaching them about safety in riding bikes and crossing streets.
The day was delightful and the weather was fine, not too hot for about 30 kids to be outside having a good time on a special day. They had heard from their friends that the Fire Department is very generous, giving children gifts and colorful bicycle helmets.
The children were correct. Cinda Seaman and her team from the Hilton Head Fire Department were extra special. They told the kids about safety and gave them a tour of a fire truck and ambulance. The children found the tour exciting. They asked questions and were intrigued by all the equipment. Some of these children aspire to become firemen; others hold great admiration for this important profession. Children received gifts, including helmets, which made them look like aliens from an unknown planet.
This event was highly successful. As in the past, the Hilton Head Fire Fighter’s Association has given a small grant to NOC to support its Neighborhood Soccer League, which is popular among children and parents in low-income neighborhoods.