Some of Eatonton’s younger residents had fun creating and gifting “survival kits” to the city’s public safety heroes this week.
The 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds at The Friendship School of Eatonton First United Methodist Church invited Eatonton Police Department and Eatonton Fire Rescue to visit their school on Monday, Nov. 9. The children presented them with survival kits, which Director Angela Roberts said was an “expression of thankfulness for their service and giving them blessings.”
The survival kits contained candies with a note to explain the significance of each: Lifesavers (“to remind you of the many times you’ve been one”), Starburst (“for that burst of energy you’ll need”), Payday (“because you’re not doing it for the money”), Hershey Kisses (“because you deserve all the love”), chewing gum (“to help your unit stick together”), Tootsie Rolls (“to help you roll with the punches”), Peppermint Patties (“to help you keep your cool”), Snickers (“to remind you to keep your sense of humor”), and Mounds (“for the mounds of courage you need”).
The fire department’s kit also contained a giant paper clip “to help you hold it all together.”
“We appreciate it very, very much, and thank them for doing that for us; and each of the kids, after they got on the firetruck, said ‘thank you,’ and it all just meant so much,” Chief Hubert said; “they were absolutely precious.”
Hubert gave each of the children a firefighter’s hat and badge, and each one got to sit in the department’s new tanker truck and push the siren and have their photo made.
The children also sat in the police cars and sounded the siren with flashing blue lights and had their pictures made. Welch said each child also received a junior police badge, pencils and coloring book.
“We love visiting with our youngest citizens and thank them and their teachers for the gift bags,” Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence said; “they always bring a smile to our face.”