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December 6, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Local Judy Keller, right, hands a donation to Marysville Fire District firefighter/EMT Katie Hareth during the local firefighters' food drive outside of Safeway on Nov. 29.

Marysville firefighters gathered outside of the local Safeway store to gather food for the Marysville Community Food Bank from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.

IAFF Local 3219 (the Marysville firefighters union) has taken part in a food drive for several years in late November and early December.

"Traditionally we used to do a Santa Run where we took Santa out on the fire truck and collected food for the Marysville Community Food Bank," said Jason Tucker, president of IAFF Local 3219.

"Unfortunately, the City of Marysville has gotten so big that we have not been able to do that anymore for the last couple of years," he said.

Instead, members of the Marysville Fire District have partnered with the Marysville Safeway to collect food, toys and cash donations for the local food bank.

At the end of the week they helped take the donations to the Marysville Community Food Bank.

"We deliver it to the food bank and see the collection of food that comes together for the season, it's pretty cool," said Tucker.

Tucker said that this year has gone pretty well.

"From what I understand, the food drive is going pretty good. From what I've seen people are more apt to donate money," he said.

Cash donations are used by the food bank to obtain specific items they are running low on.

"We give it to the food bank and if they need, for instance, to buy some baby formula that hasn't been donated they go out and get that," said Tucker.

Marysville is a growing city and there is an increasing amount of people using the local food bank to feed themselves or their family throughout the year.

"There is huge need, especially this time of year and we're always happy to help out in any way we can," said Tucker.

"When we go out on calls we see people struggling all the time and its great to see they have an avenue to go to get the resources that they might need," he said.

Tucker said he likes seeing local citizens taking the time to help others.

"The people that donate the food are so happy to do it," he said.

Other members of the Marysville Fire District said they enjoyed supporting the city they lived in.

"I always like doing the community service for it," said Marysville Fire District Captain Darren Green.

"I live in the community and work in the community, so its always been important to me to give back," he said.

Firefighter/EMT Katie Hareth said she likes getting out into the community.

"It's just a fun experience to interact with our community and hang out with each other," she said.


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