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Residents of Mountain Park Senior Living donate stuffed animals to Phoenix Fire Department Station No. 38.

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Mountain Park Senior Living recently donated a bundle of stuffed animals to Phoenix Fire Department Station No. 38 for all the help they’ve given the center over the years.

“They are so good and kind to our residents whenever we need to call them. We couldn’t ask for better service,” said Michelle Major, director of fun. “We heard of a program the fire departments have where they give children stuffed animals and it helps them to feel safe and secure during a very scary situation.”

The center booked a tour at the Stuffington Bear Factory in Phoenix where 12 seniors created their own stuffed animals to donate to the fire house.

Residents that couldn’t make the tour donated money so the center could make more stuffed animals, Major said.

“We ended up making about 20 bears,” she said. “Each bear ranged in price from $12 to $14.”

In mid January, the seniors went to the fire station to drop off each stuffed animal and were greeted with resounding praise.

The firefighters gave the seniors a tour of the firehouse, and spoke briefly on the daily grind of the job.

“They do so many things for us, so we just wanted to be able to give back,” Major said. “We’ll definitely be doing it again.”

Fire Department Station 38 also surprised residents of the senior center on Valentine’s Day by dropping off flowers to give to the residents.

“They talked about it a few days after,” Major said.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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