ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury's roving firefighter Santas found themselves stepping in puddles Sunday as they delivered presents, but it was better than slipping on ice.
The Arctic blast that descended over the area late last week retreated, at least temporarily, on Sunday. The 50-degree air and steady drizzle melted most of the snow that fell the day before, presenting Santa and his Roxbury first-responder helpers with clear sidewalks and driveways.
The break in the weather was also good news for parents who donated $50 to the fire department to get Santa to deliver presents they supplied. Bringing happy kids out to meet Santa when he hopped off his diesel-powered "sleigh" wasn't so bad in the relatively balmy air.
Roxbury's three fire stations use the Santa deliveries as a yearly way to raise money. The effort was started two years ago by Roxbury Fire Co. 1 in Succasunna, whose yellow trucks could be found carrying Santa and his entourage throughout Kenvil, Succasunna and Ledgewood on Sunday.