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Rescue truck delivers 20kg lolly loot to Blackwater kids

CHRISTMAS CANDY: Lieutenant Mal McIver, “Santa” and firefighter Wayne Vesey took part in the lolly drop in Blackwater on Monday afternoon.
CHRISTMAS CANDY: Lieutenant Mal McIver, “Santa” and firefighter Wayne Vesey took part in the lolly drop in Blackwater on Monday afternoon. Kaitlyn Gutzke Emelollydrop

CHILDREN lined the streets of Blackwater on Monday, hands in the air ready to catch a lolly or two.

The annual Blackwater Queensland Fire and Rescue Service lolly drop took place with Santa driving the big red truck, ringing the siren as he spread sweet festive cheer.

Local councillor and auxiliary firefighter Kev Cracknell was one of the two men in red for the day, rolling out of the fire station about 3.30pm and finishing at 7pm after delivering handfuls of Christmas candy.

"It's a nice tradition we do. It's been going for about 10 years or so," Cr Cracknell said.

"It went well and the kids were well behaved… I think it was received well by all residents."

Mr Cracknell said they delivered about 20kg of treats and got the job done with the two trucks weaving in and out of streets.

"We try not to cross paths," he said with a laugh.

"It's a way of showing a bit of Christmas cheer to the community."

With only two weeks until Christmas, the kids of Blackwater got a real treat to see Santa so early, bearing lollies and a jolly good time.

They're not the only ones either, with Emerald littlies set for a good dose of sugar when Operation Rudolph hits the streets on Christmas Eve.

The operation, which has been going for 12 years, is a favourite for locals each year as they line the streets for sweets hand- delivered by Santa and his helpers from the police, ambulance, firies, SES, the local hospital and others.

Capella will also spread the joy with its annual lolly run this Saturday.

The fire brigade will rev up the engine treats in tow from 2.30pm as Santa trades in his sleigh for the big red truck, delivering about 750 bags of lollies.

QFRS Capella fire station captain Steve Campbell said it was an event the brigade enjoyed doing.

"We've got about 14 boxes of lollies to hand out," he said.

"We started off small and this is about the fourth year we've been doing it… we kept running out (of lollies) so we get more each year."

"It's a great event for all."


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