LAFD Firefighter Jason Knight stays busy while on the clock at Fire Station 87, but that’s nothing compared to his home-life. His three daughters Abby (12), Emma (10) and Sophie (8) keep him on his toes.
Emma and Sophie are both taking voice lessons. Sophie even hopes to turn it into a career. And though Emma enjoys singing, she’s torn on what she’d like to do for a living when she grows up. Right now, she wants to be either a surgeon or a homicide detective. And Abby, who loves gymnastics, plans on owning her very own bakery someday.
When it comes to philanthropy, Jason’s had a good influence on them. They accompany and help him at various fundraising events. “I donate all of my time to Widows & Orphans,” he said. That’s why his three girls decided to donate their collected earnings to the charity. Jason said, “All three of them put money in [a piggy bank] over the past three years.”
He’s not the only inspiration in their lives, however. In fact, longtime Widows & Orphans volunteer Valerie Lawrence gave them the idea. Jason said, “They call her Grandma Valerie.” And in a to further encourage them, she matched all of the money the girls contributed, raising the total donation to nearly $600.
Of course, the girls have a soft spot for firefighters and the firefighting community. “They’re awesome,” Emma said. And they know Widows & Orphans helps firefighters in need. That’s why giving their earnings to the charity made so much sense to them. Of the organization, the governing board and the staff, Emma said, “They’re very generous.”
Clearly, the Knight sisters are generous, too.
By David Vienna