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Gladstone, Mich. – A small-town tradition in the Upper Peninsula spreads holiday cheer and helps a charity.

Firefighters riding in fire trucks went door-to-door last weekend in Gladstone, distributing candy canes while collecting food and $465.79 for the local St. Vincent de Paul branch.

The Daily Press in Escanaba says the tradition started more than 20 years ago with five volunteers and one truck. Now more than 20 people are involved.

Children eagerly looked out their windows as fire trucks decorated with Christmas lights went up and down Gladstone’s streets, playing holiday music. Stockings full of candy canes were donated by Walmart.

“When we see people it’s not normally under very good circumstances,” said Dave Brock, assistant fire chief at the Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department. “And when you get to do something like this, it really puts a different light on what we do.”

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