Santa gives house fire victims a reason to smile

Santa gives house fire victims a reason to smile
Keashawna Bradshaw (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Keashawna Bradshaw (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Major Brian Muerer (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Major Brian Muerer (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Keethan Bradshaw (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Keethan Bradshaw (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Nearly 25 homes in Louisville catch fire each month, but many of the victims had a reason smile Monday evening.

When the Bradshaw brothers arrived at the 28th annual Red Cross and Professional Firefighters Union holiday party they didn't know what to expect.

"I told them that we was going to see Santa Claus, but they didn't know that all this was involved," their mother, Keashawna Bradshaw, said.

During the party the Bradshaws and more than 100 other children all shared a meal and flashed their smiles, but there was something else that bonded everyone together. Each one of them was the victim of a fire that took almost everything they owned.

The Bradshaw's home was destroyed just days before school started.

"I have my boys, so it's not everything," Keashawna Bradshaw said.

During the party her boys watched as Santa Claus arrived at the party in a fire truck. Then they stood in line, as patiently as they could, as they waited for their moment to meet Santa.

While Santa was the highlight of the night for the little ones, Louisville Firefighter Major Brian Muerer said his favorite part was, "Just the look on their faces."

Muerer has been volunteering at the event for years.

"It's really neat to see all the kids who have gone through all the devastating losses through the year with fire and be able to give them at least something for Christmas."

Despite losing their home, this Christmas the Bradshaws are grateful.

Two-year-old Keethan Bradshaw explained it best in two simple words.

"Thank you," he said.

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