Bay Leaf Fire Department Silently Serves Kids

Hundreds or thousands of daily miracles and good deeds happen each day that go unnoticed.

People silently do amazing things to help others in need with any expectation of even a pat on the back. But in this case I’ve got to publicly recognize the amazing folks that helped in collecting Toys for Tots recently.


It is truly amazing how one family turned a horrible personal loss into an annual event that helps so many kids.

After losing their son in a car accident in October 2003, Groom’s parents committed themselves to raising money year-round for children’s causes.

On Friday, more than 30 volunteers fanned out in the aisles of the Brier Creek Target for the 10th annual Chris Groom Memorial Fund/Toys for Tots shopping spree.

I received the email below about the event on December 6.

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who attended the Groom family toy donation for Toys For Tots today at Station One.

The Grooms again wiped out the toy section at the Brier Creek Target to the tune of more than 16-thousand dollars! All of those toys are headed to kids and families in the Triangle who cannot afford toys this Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa season.

They are always super appreciative of our enthusiasm, support and dedication to the Chris Groom Memorial fund.

WRAL-TV talked with the family the night they went shopping. Read the piece here.”

So next time you think the world sucks, just remember, somewhere, someplace, good and wonderful things do happen.

To see more photos of the event, click here.

1 thought on “Bay Leaf Fire Department Silently Serves Kids”

  1. Thank you for sharing this story. It's so easy to get caught up in all the negativity thrown at you every day and you're right….so little light is shed on stuff like this. I admire the Groom family for not only living through such a tragedy but turning it into such a great memorial to their son and helping people in need for so many years and I'm sure many more years to come.

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