MADISON (WKOW) -- A firefighters union celebrated the holidays by giving back to the community. Members of Local 311 presented $45,000 in checks to area charities at their annual Christmas party on Saturday.
The organizations included Movin' Out, Goodman Atwood Community Center, Ronald McDonald House, MDA, and the YWCA.
Organizers said the party was the best time and place to make the presentations.
"We kind of wanted to make it a big deal," said Local 311 charity trustee Mahlon Mitchell. "We wanted to bring people in so they could see it, see what they're a part of, because this is everybody's money. We're all giving money to these organizations. It's not just the five trustees."
The union also plans on making donations to other groups, including the Badger Chapter of the Red Cross.