About Us

The Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund is known as the oldest charity in Bartholomew County that depends solely on public donations for its existence. It is one of several efforts within the Columbus Community at Christmas to provide the needy with useful gifts and a meaningful experience.

The Firemen’s Cheer Fund was founded by the Columbus Fire Department in 1930, when some caring firemen realized that poor children probably see few, if any, gifts under a Christmas tree. City firemen banded together that Christmas to hold a party for some 50 needy children to whom they gave presents, using $1,500 dollars collected from the community.

One of the firemen dressed as Santa Claus and distributed the gifts during a party held at the old fire station just west of the former city hall on Fifth Street. The number of youngsters receiving gifts multiplied in the next few years as the Cheer Fund’s goals caught on, and city firemen adopted the project on an annual basis. To handle the overflow of children at the popular Christmas party held each December, the firemen erected a large circus like tent next to the fire station.

The Cheer Fund lapsed from 1945-1947, when city firemen felt their efforts were duplicating that of other community-minded groups concerned about the poor.

The Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund is lead by a board of directors consisting of Columbus Firefighters and Civilians

Chairmen:
  • Jarrad Mullis Co-Chair
  • Chris Owens Co-Chair
  • Jay Smith Co-Chair
Board Members:
  • Leroy Armstrong
  • Bryan Bailey
  • Kevin Bennett
  • Jeff Brown
  • Andrea Hall
  • Alicia McCreary
  • Jim Miller
  • Kay Shanks
  • Sam Simmermaker
  • Justin Simms
  • Allen Smith
  • Mark Ziegler
  • Ben Noblitt
  • Cory Hampton