Bend FD staging annual 'Santa Express'

By KTVZ.COM news sources
POSTED: 4:38 PM PST December 2, 2013 

With the downturn in the economy comes more need for support of local food banks and charities, and The Salvation Army is no different.

In 2012, The Salvation Army and Santa Express collected 3,611 lbs. of food and new clothing, 179 new toys and $147.00 in cash donations for Christmas celebration.

Anything and everything helps, even if its one can of food or a small toy, that donation will go a long ways to providing a good dinner and a nice gift on Christmas and a smile on a child’s face Christmas morning.

 The Salvation Army would like to express the need for gifts to be given to teenage kids as well. Please partner with Bend Fire Department in showing the community they are not forgotten this holiday season.     

Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express food and clothing drive is heading into Bend neighborhoods Monday, December 2rd through Thursday, December 5th. The Bend Firefighter’s Association and Bend Fire Department are working with The Salvation Army to collect non-perishable food items, clothing, and toys(new toys are preferred) for families in need in the Bend and Central Oregon area. 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 and the fire engines to collect the donated items. Please advise children to use caution around the moving fire engines.

The Santa Express schedule is as follows:
(maps are available on the City of Bend website-

Monday, December 2: Morning Star, Canal View, Wishing Well and Phoenix Park

Tuesday, December 3: Providence, areas North and South of Neff Road.

Wednesday, December 4: 13th, Harmon, Albany, Milwaukee

Thursday, December 5: Larkspur, Foxborough and Elkhorn


If we don’t come through your neighborhood you can always drop off non-perishable foods, new toys or clothing to:

Thanks ahead of time from Bend Firefighters Association, Bend Fire Department, and The Salvation Army for helping families in need this holiday season. If you need help for this holiday season with food or presents, please call The Salvation Army at 541-389-8888.