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Chicken, Best Buy employees team up for heartfelt donation to brighten an ill child's Christmas

COURTESY PHOTO: CORBETT FIRE DISTRICT - The Corbett Christmas Chicken and employees at Best Buy in Cascade Station, teamed up to donate a gaming console to a young boy in need. Corbett's famous Christmas Chicken needed a bit of help from friends to ensure one young boy got his holiday wish this year.

Annually, the Corbett Fire Department dispatches the Christmas Chicken into the community to deliver food, clothing and toys to a family in need of support. The strange event began in the 1970s when the fire department could not secure a Santa outfit at the costume shop, instead settling on the feathered look.

This year's committee of Corbett firefighters, who select the family and raise the money, faced a worrisome situation. One of the family's children is ill and asked for a PlayStation 5 gaming console. Normally this would lie outside the program's budget, but a special case was made because it would keep the child entertained and connected with his friends while in isolation.

But the Corbett firefighters discovered the newest PlayStation is nearly impossible to purchase, as high demands and low stock have people around the globe scrambling to secure the console. One of the firefighters discovered the Best Buy at Cascade Station had a PlayStation 5 in stock for $500.

The Christmas Chicken flew 19 miles to the store, credit card tucked under his wing. But the Best Buy manager wanted to donate the PlayStation 5. Best Buy employees also passed around the "firefighters boot" to collect donations to purchase additional accessories for the brand new console, including an extra controller, camera and new game. The donated gift by Best Buy and its employees is valued at $700.


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