There is no question that the volunteers in West Windsor make this town work. But I am particularly in awe of those residents and volunteers who risk their lives to save my children and my home.

I am warmed by the feeling of tradition, family and dedication as I hear about the many generations of West Windsorians who have put their lives on hold to serve in our fire service.

The West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2021 and I can’t wait to celebrate with them. Please know that the funds raised at this year’s Breakfast with Santa event go towards making important repairs to the fire station and their equipment as well as providing for the volunteers throughout the year.

The West Windsor Fire Company is a 501(c)(3) that relies heavily upon donations from us to function. As our township population grows, our fire companies need support, so let’s be there for them.

Let’s begin our celebration and support at the Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dutch Neck Firehouse, 153 South Mill Road, West Windsor. Join me to share the love of community I feel every year as my family and I attend this breakfast and get ready for the holidays. Bring a new unwrapped toy to support the Junior League of Greater Princeton’s Toy Drive for HomeFront. I am going to make sure I get my picture with Santa too!

And while you are there, take a moment to thank our firefighters and fire police officers and find out how you can get involved. In addition to money, they need volunteers of any ability and for many different roles. Envision the feeling of pride and community that you will earn as a member of our esteemed fire service.

Ayesha Hamilton

Hamilton is a member of West Windsor Council.