The Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express food, clothing and toy drive starts next week

Even with the recovery of the economy, there is still a need for support of local food banks and charities, and The Salvation Army is no different. In 2014, the Salvation Army and Santa Express collected nearly 3,500 lbs. of food, plus much-needed clothing and toys to help those in need here in Bend.

Please join the Bend Fire Department in supporting our community! Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express food, clothing and toy drive is heading into Bend neighborhoods Dec. 7  through Dec. 10. The Bend Firefighter’s Association and Bend Fire Department are working with The Salvation Army to collect non-perishable food items, clothing, and toys (new toys are preferred) for families in need in the Bend and Central Oregon area. Neighborhood residents are encouraged to listen for the fire engine and Santa, and bring donations to the street for collection. There will be many volunteers walking along with Santa and the fire engines to collect the donated items. Please advise children to use caution around the moving fire engines.

Anything and everything helps, even if it’s one can of food or a small toy that donation will go a long ways to providing a good dinner and a nice gift on Christmas and a smile on a child’s face Christmas morning.

The Santa Express schedule is as follows: (maps are available on the City of Bend website- www.bendoregon.gov/fire)

Dec. 7: Yardley Estates, McCall Landing, Wishing Well and Majestic

Dec. 8: Larkspur, Foxborough and Sun Meadow

Dec. 9: Providence, areas North and South of Neff Road.

Dec. 10: Skyliner Summit and NW Crossing

If the Santa Express doesn’t come to your neighborhood boxes will be in place until Dec. 18 at:

  • Bend Fire Department Fire
  • The Salvation Army – 515 NE Dekalb Ave.
  • Starbucks – Westside on Century Dr., downtown, across from Fred Meyers, Cascade Village Shopping Center and East side on 27th St.

If you need help for this holiday season with food or presents, please call The Salvation Army at 541-389-8888.

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