Kirtland Fire Department helps spread holiday cheer


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Members of the Kirtland Fire Department are helping spread holiday cheer to families in need.

Kirtland teamed up with the Albuquerque East Central Community Center to sponsor the 38th annual Operation Holiday Cheer. The base has been hosting this event annually since 1978.

Wednesday hundreds of families were treated to a holiday meal and gifts, with a special appearance by Santa Clause.

“It’s our opportunity to be a part of our community and give back to our community. There are so many different aspects that happen within this,” said Anna Duran, UNM Children’s Hospital.

More than 1,500 toys were given to families at Wednesday’s event. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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