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Silvana firefighters plan Santa Run

 

December 6, 2017 | View PDF

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File Photo Silvana Fire District probationary firefighter Danny Pascoe, right, and firefighter Angela Adams ride on the back of the district's retired 1972 fire engine decorated in holiday lights during the district's Santa Run on Dec. 12, 2015.

The Silvana Fire District will drive Santa Claus around the area this December as part of their annual Santa Run.

The effort is meant to gather food for the Arlington Community Food Bank and provide a holiday visit from local firefighters, as they drive around the community in one of their old fire engines decorated with lights and other festive decorations.

"We decorate our old lift truck [in holiday lights] and the community likes to see that driving past their homes," said Danny Pascoe, a firefighter/EMT with the district, who has participated in the Santa Run the last couple of years.

Families and kids are invited to come meet Santa Claus as he is driven around the various neighborhoods.

"I like seeing all the kids run out when they see us and they get a candy cane and get to tell Santa what they want for Christmas," said Pascoe.

This year the Santa Run will be held on Dec. 8, Dec. 9 and Dec. 15, starting at 6 p.m. each day.

On Dec. 8 the Santa Run is scheduled to go first through Orcutt Road, then Silver Springs Way, then 6th Ave. NE and then 200th St. NW and 3rd Ave. NW.

On Dec. 9 the district plans to go through the Happy Valley Acres and Black Tail Forest neighborhoods.

On Dec. 15 the engine will travel through downtown Silvana, the Sky Mountain Ranch and along 200th Street NE and 188th Street NE.

Estimated times for each stop are available online at the Silvana Fire District's website at firedistrict19.com.

Families are encouraged to provide a cash or food donation for the Arlington Community Food Bank if they are able to.

Last year the Silvana Fire District collected 794 pounds of food and $322 in cash donations.

"It's fun to see all the food we collect. We also get to stack it in the back of our truck bay," said Pascoe.

"There are always people in need, so lending our help is the least we can do, especially during this time when people are worried about providing gifts and holiday dinners for their family," he said.

The event also helps people get to know their firefighters.

"It's just a good event to go out into the community and make ourselves known," said Pascoe.

The district will also hold a Santa House at their Island Crossing station at 21207 27th Ave NE, in Arlington, for families to come to on Dec. 16.

The event is from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will have lighted wagon rides, a Camp Fire, hot cider and other holiday treats.

The event is another way that the community can interact with their firefighters.

"It's fun to have the kids out there," said Pascoe. "It lets them know who their firefighters are."

More information about the Silvana Fire District is available at firedistrict19.com.

 

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