Kids enjoy toy frenzy with help from Napa County firefighters

It was something out of a childhood dream: First, you’re told to pick out a bicycle then, after you’ve gotten one of the most coveted Christmas gifts, you’re given a giant black trash bag to fill up with as many toys as you want. For free.

That’s the experience that Cal Fire/Napa County firefighters gave more than 20 children on Christmas Day at the fire station on Monticello Road.

“This is amazing,” said Rachel Tramontini. “I had no idea it was going to be like this.”

Tramontini’s two sons, Takeo, 5, and Trajan, 5, looked like they were having a blast riding bikes, hula hooping, and picking out toys with a little help from firefighters and Santa Claus. The family lost most of their belongings, including the boys’ stuff, during the wildfire that wiped out many homes on Soda Canyon Road.

The family had just moved in, so their stuff was in a warehouse on the property. The warehouse burned. But, “Luckily,” the house didn’t, Tramontini said.

Nisana Pollard and her family just moved into a home in Vallejo after staying at a shelter in Napa for about four months. A lot of their stuff is still in boxes.

“I’ve never done any of this,” Pollard said of the toy giveaway. “It’s cool.”

The kids had so much stuff that it didn’t even fit in their car.

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