Clackamas Fire District #1’s Operation Santa Claus program is a month-long holiday toy and food drive organized by volunteers and staff. The funding is supported by the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation and the season kicks off by participating in 15 community parades beginning on November 25 through December 11. Santa will ride atop an antique fire engine, escorted by other fire apparatus, through area neighborhoods, while volunteers collect food and toy donations from community members along the route.
Steve Hoffeditz, public information officer for Clackamas Fire District #1 said last year’s Operation Santa collected 36,000 pounds of food, over 8,000 toys, over 500 families made up of 2,000 individuals were helped.
If you can’t make one of the parades, here are other ways you can help:
The Giving Tree: Families who have applied for assistance through Compassion in Action Clackamas County have provided wish-lists of gifts for children in need. Select a gift tag from the Giving Tree, located at the Clackamas Town Center. The tag will identify a child’s or family’s name, age, and requested gift. Purchase the requested item and return it to the Giving Tree.
Food Collection Barrels: Leave non-perishable food and new unwrapped toy donations at collection barrels, which can be found at any Clackamas Fire station and local businesses starting on November 25.
Cash Donations: The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization association with Clackamas Fire. The Foundation accepts donations, with instructions available on the Clackamas Fire website, Operation Santa link.
If you would like to request assistance from Operation Santa, fill out an application at any Clackamas County social service agencies or a list of other locations and more information on receiving holiday assistance can be found on the Compassion in Action Clackamas County website: http://www.ciacc.org/.
Additional information on Clackamas Fire’s Operation Santa Claus can be found on our website: http://clackamasfire.com/operationsanta.html.
Source: CFD1 Flash Alert