Spokesman Dan Derlacki says this is the 17th year for the neighborhood canvassing drive that will help a lot of families in need. “Monday, December 3rd through Thursday, December 6th, we come though the neighborhoods in Bend. We bring the fire trucks, all our volunteers with us, we even bring the big guy himself, Santa with us. And we drive through the community and collect and collect the food, clothing and toys, to be donated directly to the Salvation Army, who in turn can give it out to those families in need, so help provide a toy for Christmas, some food for a Christmas meal and clothing to keep warm during the holiday season."
Derlacki says you won't be able to miss them: they make an awful lot of noise with sirens and all the people.
If you won't be home, but want to make a donation, there are several Bend businesses that are collecting for the Salvation Army; you can find that list and schedule of the Santa Express listed below:
Santa Express to Collect Food, Clothing, and Toys for Needy Families
Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express food and clothing drive is heading into Bend Neighborhoods Monday December 3rd through Thursday December 6th. The Bend Firefighter’s Association and Bend Fire and Rescue are working with The Salvation Army to collect non-perishable food items, clothing, and toys for needy families in Bend and Central Oregon. 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 the fire engines to collect the donated items. Please advise children to use caution around the moving fire engines.
The Santa Express 2012 schedule is as follows:
Monday December 3: Morning Star, Wishing well and Phoenix Park (north map [PDF])
Tuesday December 4: Larkspur, Foxborough and Sun Meadow (south map [PDF])
Wednesday December 5: Providence, areas north and south of Neff Road (east map [PDF])
Thursday December 6: NW Crossing, Skyliner Summit (west map [PDF])
If we don’t come through your neighborhood you can always drop off non-perishable foods, new toys or clothing to:
•Bend Fire Department fire stations (maps) – boxes will be there until Friday 12/14/12
•Ed Wyse Beauty Supply – 1180 S Hwy 97 #B
•Bend Memorial Clinics – Westside on Mt. Bachelor Dr and Eastside on Neff
•The Salvation Army at 755 NE 2nd Street, Bend.
•Goulart Chiropractic – 424 NE Franklin Ave
•Pappy’s Pizza – 20265 Fred Meyer Rd.
•Wholesale Sports- Dave Ferguson – 63492 Hunnel Rd
•Red Robin – 625 SW Powerhouse Dr
•Starbucks – Toys only (Westside on Century Dr., Downtown, Fred Meyers, Cascade Village Shopping Center and East side on 27th St
Thanks ahead of time from Bend Firefighters Association, Bend Fire and Rescue, and The Salvation Army for helping needy families this holiday season.
If you need help from this holiday season with food or presents, please call The Salvation Army at 389-8888.
For more information please contact the Bend Fire Department at 322-6309