Santa Express ready to roll through Bend; annual food/toy drive runs through Thursday

Bend Fire and Rescue’s annual Christmas Food Drive, known as Santa’s Express, is kicking off tonight and will run through Thursday evening.

Each year, firefighters decorate an engine and, working with the Salvation Army, drive (and walk) slowly through pre-designated neighborhoods, so residents can bring out non-perishable food, toys and warm clothing for needy families. Santa Claus also comes along for the ride, in his sleigh.

Firefighters, their families and community groups will walk alongside the engine and the sleigh, receiving donations and spreading good cheer. Tonight, the Girl Scouts are assisting the firefighters.

The program description and route maps are located on the City of Bend website (https://www.bendoregon.gov/santaexpress). If you do not live on the routes, you can donate at any fire station or at all Starbucks stores. You can also call Bend Fire and Rescue at 541-322-6300 for more information.

Bend Fire and Rescue is grateful to those who volunteer and all the community members and organizations who donate or assist us with this worthy cause. Without your help and generosity, many needy families would have a tougher time this winter.

Details:

Monday December 2: West Bend – throughout the Northwest Crossing Neighborhood. Click here for the full map.

Tuesday December 3: East Bend – Eagles Landing, Oakview, Oaktree, Sun Pointe, Owl’s Landing, Obsidian Ridge and Eagles Crossing Neighborhoods. Click here for the full map.

Wednesday December 4: South Bend – Foxborough, Larkspur and Sun Meadow Neighborhoods. Click here for the full map.

Thursday December 5: Southwest Bend – Quail Pines, Pine Ridge, River Canyon, Forest Meadow and Aspen Rim Neighborhoods. Click here for the full map.

We start nightly in each neighborhood around 6pm and walk slowly down the streets. Listen for all the sirens and look for Santa as we come down the street. We have volunteers that will come all the way to your door to collect any donations you can provide.

BOXES WILL GO OUT BEFORE THANKSGIVING, no set date yet. If we don’t come through your neighborhood you can always drop off non-perishable foods, new toys or clothing at any one of our business partner locations. Boxes will be collected on Friday 12/13/19 for distribution:

  • Any Bend Fire Department fire stations (maps)
    • SW Simpson Ave
    • Jamison Ave
    • Hamby Rd
    • Country Club Dr
    • Tumalo
  • Salvation Army Headquaters – 515 NE Dekalb Ave
  • Central Oregon Starbucks Locations
    • Bend – Century Dr, Colorado Ave, Wall St, Fred Meyer Rd, 27th St, Cascade Village Mall
    • Redmond – SW Rimrock Way, SW Canal Blvd
    • Prineville – NE 3rd St

Here’s a list of much needed items this year:

Gifts: 

  • Sports balls (Baseballs, football, etc)
  • Board games for all ages
  • Teen aged gifts (make up, bath sets, headphones, etc)

Food:

  • Soups
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned meats
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meals (chili, pasta, etc)
  • Holiday foods 

Clothing:

  • Warm coats
  • Blankets

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 541-389-8888.

For more information please contact the Bend Fire Department at 541-322-6309

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