Local Firefighters Help Feed Kids With Haunted House Fundraiser

Firefighters Host 10th Annual Haunted House for Backpack Kids

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - For ten years now local firefighters have put on a good scare for kids during Halloween.

Crews from the Panama City and Panama City Beach Fire Departments hosted their annual 'Haunted House for Backpack Kids' fundraiser.

The spooky set-up helps feed children and families over the holidays.

"It's to help the nutritional, you know needs of these impoverished kids. You know, most of them are beneath the poverty level," said Panama City Fire Dept. Division Chief Scott Flitcraft.

'The Haunted House for Backpack Kids' is hosted at Flitcraft's residence. The fundraiser will help two local schools, Beach Elementary and Oakland Terrace Elementary Schools.

"Firefighters are always trying to put others first. I mean every time the wheels roll forward on a fire truck, we're going to help somebody. Be it a medical call, or a motor vehicle accident, or a structure fire, or a fire rescue situation. So, we're always trying to put others first," said Flitcraft.

Following the event, firefighters will stuff backpacks Friday, and hand them out Monday.

"Really we just encourage people to come out and have a good time, and give if they can give what you can give. If you don't have a lot to give, then don't give a lot but still come out and have a good time," said Flitcraft.

Last year firefighters raised almost $5,300.

The haunted house will open again on Halloween night, starting at 5:30 p.m. on 159 Candlewick Circle.

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