The sleigh bells from Operation Santa Claus have been ringing for the citizens of Clackamas Fire District #1 since 1974.
Firefighters recognized the need to provide toys and food baskets to families and individuals that were less fortunate, and not likely to experience the joys of the holiday season. Hence, Operation Santa Claus was formed.
A special thanks this year to our Operation Santa business partner, Pacific Seafood, who are donating the warehouse space where the donations will be stored and sorted for distribution to families.
- For more Operation Santa Parade information call the Parade Hotline: 503-742-2941
- To request information or leave a message call Operation Santa Message Line: 503-742-2940
During this month-long holiday toy and food drive, fire district volunteers and employees lead Santa’s fire engine parade down neighborhood streets (check above to see when the parade will be in your neighborhood) to collect toys and non-perishable food items, which are used to fill hundreds of food baskets for needy families. Donated new toys bring a little extra Christmas cheer to children. Donated funds are used to purchase perishable items for food baskets, and help to cover miscellaneous expenses.
Operation Santa does not solicit funds over the phone.
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- The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree is a partnership between Clackamas Town Center and Clackamas Fire District #1.
- Food Collection Barrels (starting November 22)
Collection Barrels for non-perishable foods are located throughout all Clackamas Fire District #1 community fire stations as well as other local businesses. Click HERE for a list of participating businesses.
- The Parade
Each year throughout the holiday season, fire district personnel lead Santa’s Fire Engine parade down neighborhood streets to collect non-perishable foods and new, unwrapped toys.
- The Parade
- Community Fire Stations
Between Thanksgiving and December 11, Clackamas Fire District #1 community fire stations accept non-perishable foods and new, unwrapped toys.
- Financial Donations
The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation is a private non-profit organization associated with Clackamas Fire District #1. The Foundation is a tax-exempt organization formed under IRC 501 (C)(3). It is these donations that allow the fire district to fill the voids in assuring a balanced and respectable holiday gift basket.
Operation Santa does NOT accept requests for assistance via telephone, message line, or by community fire station personnel. Operation Santa receives names of recipients from Compassion in Action/Clackamas County (CIACC). CIACC serves as a coordinating agency for many Clackamas County holiday drives to assure that most people can be served. Direct application can be made in person at the following locations:
- Clackamas Fire District #1 Administration Office
11300 SE Fuller Road
Milwaukie, OR 97222
- Clackamas Fire District #1 – Boring Community Fire Station # 14
28655 SE Hwy 212
Boring, OR 97009