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Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa ClausThe 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.

During this holiday toy and food drive, fire district volunteers and employees lead Santa’s fire engine parade down neighborhood streets (check below 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 boxes for families in need. Donated new toys bring a little extra Christmas cheer to children. Donated funds are used to purchase items for food boxes, and help cover miscellaneous expenses.

Operation Santa Claus is 100% funded by donations from members of the community and does not solicit funds or donations over the phone.

If you have general Operation Santa questions, please email: opsanta@clackamasfire.com or leave a message on the Operation Santa message line: 503-742-2940.

How Do I Apply for Assistance?

Applications closed December 10 at 5:00 pm.

How Can I Help?
  • Clackamas Town Center Giving TreeOperation Santa Claus
  • The Giving Tree is a partnership between Clackamas Town Center and Clackamas Fire District #1 where you can donate new unwrapped toys to the Giving Tree location inside the Clackamas Town Center mall.
  • Collection Barrels
    Between November 23 and December 9, collection barrels for non-perishable food and toys are located throughout all of Clackamas Fire District #1’s community fire stations, as well as other local businesses. For a list of participating businesses, click HERE.
  • The Parade
    Almost every night from November 24 to December 9 and weather permitting, fire district personnel lead Santa’s fire engine parade down neighborhood streets to collect non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys.

The 2018 parade dates and parade route maps are below.

  • Community Fire Stations
  • Between November 23 and December 9, Clackamas Fire District #1 community fire stations accept non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys.
  • Financial Donations
  • A tax deductible donation can be made to the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation, which 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 food boxes and toys. If you would like to make a donation to Operation Santa Claus, click HERE
How Are Families Selected?

Operation Santa receives applicants from Toy & Joy/Compassion in Action Clackamas County, as well as requests for assistance directly via an online application. Toy & Joy/Compassion in Action Clackamas County serves as a coordinating agency for many Clackamas County holiday drives to assure the most people can be served.

Parade Dates (2018)
DATE DAY TIME LOCATION ROUTE MAP
November 24 Saturday 6pm–9pm Redland – Station 11 Click Here
November 25 Sunday 6pm–9pm Beavercreek – Station 10 Click Here
November 26 Monday 6pm–9pm Holcomb/Hilltop – Stations 9, 16 Click Here
November 27 Tuesday 6pm–9pm Hilltop – Station 16 Click Here
November 29 Thursday 6pm–9pm Milwaukie – Station 2 Click Here
November 30 Friday 6pm–9pm Milwaukie – Station 2 Click Here
December 01 Saturday 6pm–9pm Oak Grove – Station 3 Click Here
December 02 Sunday 6pm–9pm Town Center – Station 1 Click Here
December 03 Monday 6pm–9pm Lake Road – Station 4 Click Here
December 04 Tuesday 6pm–9pm Boring – Station 14 Click Here
December 05 Wednesday 6pm–9pm Damascus – Station 19 Click Here
December 06 Thursday 6pm–9pm Clackamas – Station 8 Click Here
December 07 Friday 6pm–9pm Happy Valley – Station 6 Click Here
December 08 Saturday 6pm–9pm Happy Valley – Station 6 Click Here
December 09 Sunday 6pm–9pm Pleasant Valley – Station 7 Click Here

Call 503-742-2941 for the latest parade updates
Call 503-742-2940 to leave a message for Operation Santa Claus