"It was a big secret. We didn't want to ruin it for him, so I had to keep him off the internet and wasn't allowed to watch TV," Amanda Potter told the television station.
The goal was hit out of the ballpark, with bins and bins being sent to Engine 33.
In November, they had about 100 patches, but after a story aired in November, the amount of patches filled a hallway at the firehouse, KYW reported.
All of the boxes were packed up into a firetruck sleigh to be delivered by Santa to Evan on Christmas Eve.
Thousands of patches from hundreds of cities in the United States, and nearly every continent were stacked in boxes around the tree, sent from strangers for Evan. He was named an honorary firefighter in many states, KYW reported.
Evan said he wants to follow in his dad's footsteps and become a firefighter when he's older, KYW reported.