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Bend Fire & Rescue’s Santa Express returns to neighborhoods to collect donations for Salvation Army

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- After a year off of neighborhood collections, Santa and the Bend Fire & Rescue's Santa Express are back this year, spreading holiday cheer!

"We will be driving through several neighborhoods again this year, with our friend Santa, collecting food, clothing and toys to support the Salvation Army," the fire department said in Tuesdays' announcement, which continues below: 

In 2020, The Salvation Army and Santa Express collected thousands of pounds of food plus much needed clothing and toys to help those in need here in Bend.

Anything and everything helps, even if it’s 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 age kids as well. Please join the Bend Fire Department in supporting our community! 2021 has brought more community need this year and we’re asking for your help and support. 

Here is a list of the neighborhoods with maps for our nightly walks: (maps available on our website www.bendoregon.gov/santaexpress)

- Monday November 29th - Foxborough, Larkspur, Sun Meadow neighborhoods
- Tuesday November 30th - NWX, Shevlin Ridge and Shevlin Meadows neighborhoods
- Wednesday December 1st - Pineridge, River Canyon and Aspen Rim neighborhoods

Drop off non-perishable foods, new toys or clothing at any of these locations. Boxes will be in place until Friday December 18, 2021:

  • Bend Fire & Rescue Fire Stations – blue recycling bins will be at each system for touchless drop off service
    • West Fire Station – 1212 SW Simpson Ave
    • East Fire Station – 62420 Hamby Rd
    • North Fire Station – 63377 Jamison St
    • South Fire Station – 61080 Country Club Dr
    • Tumalo Fire Station – 64725 Cook Ave 
    • Pilot Butte Fire Station – 425 NE 15th St 
  • The Salvation Army – 515 NE Dekalb Ave.
  • Starbucks locations throughout Central Oregon – 
    • Bend: Century Dr, Colorado Ave, Reed Ln., NE 3rd St and NE 27th St
    • Redmond: SW Rimrock Way, SW Canal Blvd 
  • Oregon Spirit Distillery – 740 NE 1st St Bend 

If you can’t make it any of these locations and would like someone to come by and pick up your donation in the Bend area, please call our office at 541-322-6386 to arrange a curbside pickup. 

Thanks ahead of time from Bend Firefighters Association, Bend Fire & Rescue, Cascade Disposal 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.

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  1. Wait a minute, Bend Fire and Rescue sends 10’s thousands of dollars collecting toys worth a couple of grand and the taxpayers are suppose to applaud them.

    1. Huh? How is rolling a fire truck through a few neighborhood costing ’10s of thousands of dollars’? (You think they’re on the clock?)
      It’s a wonderful effort, brings joy to many families across the route and needed items to the Salvation Army.

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