Dozens of Lincoln firefighters gathered at Hy-Vee at 50th and O Street Saturday morning to help families in need.
Every year, the Lincoln Firefighters Benefit Association raises money to provide Christmas meals to families in need.
"We put together some Christmas dinner baskets for some less fortunate families," said Fire Captain, Ron Trouba. "All the baskets were paid for and put together by firefighters and their donations. It's one of the several different things we do throughout the year to give back to the community."
Whether they were on or off-duty, the firefighters were eager to pass out the baskets they work all year to raise money for.
"Part of what we do on a daily basis is just part of our job," said Capt. Trouba. "This is one of the things we're able to do outside of that to go above and beyond to give back."
Each basket was delivered by LFR crews to families in Lincoln that deserve a helping hand.
Rhonda and Dennis Rogers were just some of the lucky recipients and say they had no idea.
"We were completely surprised," said Rhonda Rogers. "It will be helpful to provide us with a holiday dinner."
Dennis, who works for the UNL Police Department and works closely with emergency crews, says it's nice to know his peers kept his family in mind this holiday season.
"We've had a rough year so it's really special for everyone that's come through for us," said Rogers.
In true LFR fashion, the firefighters even helped the Rogers family replace the battery on their smoke detector. Whether it's answering the call of duty, or just a call for help, the Lincoln Firefighters Benefit Association says the holidays are for giving back to those they serve.
"Be open to people out there and give them cheer, because Christmas is all about families, and the Lincoln Fire Department is family," said Lincoln Fire Department Driver, William Hershberger.