BALTIMORE (WMAR) — While many people were able to enjoy spending Christmas with their families, some were not. So one Baltimore family used their Christmas morning to show appreciation to the first responders and hospitals emergency room staff who were working today.
"It matters that they take away from their family to help people," daughter Chloe Hendricks said.
Instead of opening their presents from Santa, the Hendricks and Jackson families work up at 5 a.m. to deliver handmade cards to local police and fire departments, and hospitals.
"Just to bring a little bit of holiday cheer and just letting them know that we appreciate them and their families for letting us borrow them to help," mom Tiffany Hendricks said.
TIffany said she wanted to teach her kids the real reason for the season.
"I started this just to find a way to give back. I have great kids and I wanted to show them that this is season is more about giving back than it is to receive," Tiffany Hendricks said.
They visited 6 places in total: Sinai and Northwest Hospitals, Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Department, Baltimore Police Department- Western District, Baltimore City Fire Department- W. North Ave., and the Baltimore County Fire Department- Franklin station. All the materials used to the make the cards were donated. The families hope to make this their Christmas tradition.