Newport Beach Fire Santa 2021

Katrina Hill is a local single mother raising her six children ages 4, 5, 7, 8, 15 and 19 years-old on her own. She is a strong independent woman who has faced extreme adversity her entire life. Growing up as an orphan she lived between state-run facilities and on the streets of Compton CA. Her first true family member was her early husband and father to four children whom she lost in a tragic drowning accident. Katrina is adamantly looking for work she can do from home since she is unable to pay for childcare for her 4 year old.

Despite the difficulties, Katrina is determined to provide a life for her children that she never had. Three attend Newport Heights Elementary and one at Newport Harbor Highschool with education being her top priority. From the outside looking in you would never know of the struggles Katrina faces with how she holds it all together. She says,” I simply don’t have time to cry.” 

Her younger children have never celebrated the Holidays due to financial strain. Her wish is for her children to just once have a holiday where they can open a gift and feel the joy of a family Christmas without burden. 

Every year the Newport Beach Fire Firefighters adopt a local family during the Christmas season through our Fire Santa Program. Our goal has always been to extend our service to the community we already serve by assisting those families who are unable to support themselves due to extenuating circumstances. 

This program started 16 years ago with the idea of helping a child / children to receive everything they would want for Christmas.(Christmas tree, gifts, Christmas dinner, decorations, etc.) throughout the entire month of December. What we found is that there was SO much more that these families needed. 

This quickly became our primary focus. We have completed everything from total home remodels, months worth of groceries, job placement and paying off medical bills or rent checks to avoid eviction. 

We always conclude each year with a check made out to the family we serve. Although the tasks are different every year, the one remaining constant is the enormous impact our family / community can make to the family we serve. This year is turning out to be no exception. 


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Organizer and beneficiary

Newport Beach Firefighters Association
Newport Beach, CA
Katrina Taylor Hill

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