It’s a tradition held at Holy Childhood each December, rooted in the agency’s history dating back to Holy Childhood’s beginning on Andrews Street in the city of Rochester. This celebration has continued through the years, when Holy Childhood moved to Gates and then to Henrietta, where Holy Childhood is today.

“This holiday celebration, called the ‘Flow of Happiness’ by firefighters, brings smiles and excitement to the faces of the school program students, adult program participants and the entire staff,” said Laurie Otto, public relations manager for Holy Childhood. “It is an important part of our Holy Childhood history.”

Rochester Fire Department, Gates and Henrietta firefighters participated in the festivities, which began with the annual morning parade, followed by the handing out of gifts to every student and adult by Santa and Mrs. Claus, the singing of holiday songs, lunch prepared and served by the firefighters and a floor hockey game with Holy Childhood adults, students and staff.

Participants included coordinator of the event, Capt. Jim Ryan, master of ceremonies, Capt. Dan McBride and kitchen crew chief, Bruce Celento. Representatives from each fire department included Chief John Schreiber from the Rochester Fire Department, Chief Jim Comstock of the Henrietta Fire Department and Chief James Harrington of the Gates Fire Department, along with 150 firefighters from each of the departments.

“To say everyone looks forward to this event each year would be quite an understatement,” Otto said. “Two weeks beforehand, throughout the halls of Holy Childhood, you can absolutely feel the buzz of excitement in the air. The true meaning of giving is evident when our firefighter friends are with us; we can’t thank them enough.”