Multiple families in need will have a little more holiday cheer because of the Carpinteria-Summerland Firefighters Association and CALM’s gift giving program, Family to Family. From left are Firefighter Conner Borum, Firefighter  Kenan Marting, Firefighter Brian Bull, Fire Board Member Lisa Guravitz, CALM Representative Michelle Reiter, Fire Board Member Suzy Cawthon, Fire Board Member Jena Jenkins, Chief Greg Fish, Captain Nick Koepenick and Firefighter Mark Blattler.

This holiday season, the Carpinteria-Summerland Firefighters Association joined forces with the nonprofit organization, CALM, to help supply families in need with a gift-filled Christmas. Each year, CALM, whose mission is to support local and county wide children and families that are the victims of abuse and trauma, organizes the program Family to Family. 

Eager to help, the firefighters sponsored multiple families this year, shopping for families from wishlists provided by CALM and wrapping gifts during their shifts. Gifts ranged from practical household items to toys and books.

“Sometimes holiday stress makes me feel disconnected,” said Firefighter Dean Carey, “but wrapping all those presents for families in need gave us the chance to bond with co-workers, help our community, and connect with the spirit of the holidays.”     

Through the Family to Family program, CALM identifies families they serve who could use the extra support and then coordinates with staff to determine each particular family’s needs. By connecting people to one another across the county, the Family to Family program brings holiday cheer to families in need, strengthens protective factors for children and helps to prevent abuse by fostering a more resilient community.

To learn more about CALM and the Family to Family program, visit

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