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Holiday Gift Program Doesn't Need Christmas to Help Families in Need

While December may be the biggest time of the year for the Joplin Firefighters Christmas for Kids Program, they also give year round.
JOPLIN, MO.--- While December may be the biggest time of the year for the Joplin Firefighters Christmas for Kids Program, they also give year round.

"He doesn't know what's going on," said Cecili Coggin, Carl's Mother. 

This morning, that's a good thing. The area Firefighters Christmas for Kids Program delivered toys to 5-year old Carl. 

"We are basically are trying to help the little boy with some Christmas presents for the year. This will get him through until the insurance company and they can actually get him more stuff. More or less a comfort level for him," said Shannon Branham, Joplin Firefighter. 

On January 29th, Carl and his mom, Cecili Coggin, lost everything in a house fire, leaving him without any toys.

"It's really hard to explain, I never thought it would happen to me," said Coggin. 

Carl's mom is thankful for her son's presents and for those who have reached out. 

"Being an independent person, you know I really don't like going to other people for help. Even to friends and I've had to," said Coggin. 

Carl is benefitting, he's having a great day thanks to the generosity of the group.

"Little boy gifts, we got him a Transformer, Spiderman, some trucks and some tractors, things like that. He seems to enjoy the toys so far," said Coggin. 

The firefighters had a little fun of their own.

"We are actually here playing with a few of them and we enjoy to watch and see how he interacts with the gifts. It's actually really fun for us and to watch him and his reaction," said Branham. 

As for Cecili and Carl, the whole situation has been bittersweet. 

"Still working on getting pieces back together for my son and I," said Coggin. 
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