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How The Grinch Delivered Christmas

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CYNTHIANA, Ky. (LEX 18) - Surely most of you are familiar with the classic Christmas story "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

But for one Harrison County family, the Grinch actually played Santa this year and delivered Christmas.

The magical moment would have never happened if a fire hadn't destroyed the Blackwell's home on Salem Pike in Harrison county.

"Just a lot of memories gone," said Anthony Blackwell.

Blackwell and his family were at church when the flames broke out, leaving an impact on firefighters so close to Christmas.

"We mainly focus on children, keeping your family," said Shaun Brewer.

So the fire department and others reached out to the community to help the Blackwells.

"Within in the first day, there was quite a bit of donations dropped off here at the station," said Brewer.

Josh and Shelby Stanfield thought of the perfect man to deliver the Christmas toys.

"Santa Claus always gets Christmas, so we figured the Grinch getting Christmas and the kids would be excited, which they were," said Josh.

Jimothy Beckholt normally portrays the famous character in Harrison County. But he was sick, and called on his brother, Timothy, to step in.

One load of presents after another was brought inside the Blackwells new home.

"We've got more than we know what to do with right now," said Blackwell.

While toys were replaced, recovering from the fire hasn't been easy.

Blackwell's business, Julian's Custom Castles, which renovates homes to be more handicap accessible, has been slowed.

But his three kids are thrilled they got visited by the green man in a red suit.

"When we delivered it, the smile on the kid's face, that's what makes it worthwhile. That's why we do what we do," said Brewer.

With plenty of extra donations, the fire departments want to help more children affected by house fires.

If you know anyone, contact the Harrison County Fire Department at 859-234-4264.

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