Traditional Easter meals are a celebration of thanksgiving and faith. And, for York area firefighters, charity.

The York Professional Firefighters Association is holding an Easter food drive for 30 families in York City.

As part of the Easter season, association members will deliver complete dinners to the families on Good Friday, March 29, and Holy Saturday, March 30.

Fred DeSantis, president of the city firefighters' union, said this is the first time the company will hold a food drive exclusively for Easter.

In the meal: He said it will be delivering staples like 10-pound hams, potatoes, eggs, milk, canned corn and rolls for the families to prepare and save for leftovers.

"We want to help homeowners who work but don't qualify for cash assistance or food stamps and show that we do care about our residents," DeSantis said.

Greg Altland, assistant chief of York Fire/Rescue Services, said the department wants to lend a hand during hard times.

"The economy's tough, and we're just trying to help families have a healthy and happy Easter and help local citizens in the city who can use it," Altland said.

Helpers: DeSantis said the department's volunteers are jumping in to contribute money toward the endeavor, and the Weis Markets on North George Street contributed a $250 gift card to go toward buying food for the drive.

DeSantis said the company is still going through the process of choosing families to receive the meals. He said everyone involved knows people who need a helping hand, but there's room for more.

"If anybody knows someone, stop by one of the fire houses to drop by a name, and we'll be more than happy to assist," he said.

Those interested in donating food can drop it off at any four York City fire stations or call Lisa Zech for pickup at 318-9078.

-- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.