Santa Claus joins Eastside Fire & Rescue to collect toys Thursday

December 22, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 22, 2010

Christmas cheer comes to the Issaquah Brewhouse on Thursday evening, as Eastside Fire & Rescue and the pub partner to collect toys for the less fortunate.

EFR plans to park the “Reindeer Engine” outside the brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. People can drop off a new, unwrapped toy and receive a ticket for use at the eatery. Santa Claus is also expected to pick up the donated toys.

“This has been our biggest year yet,” Firefighter Danny Evanger, public relations officer for Union Local 2878, said in a statement. “We work hard to stay connected to the community we serve and there’s no better time to collect food and toys from our generous community than during the holiday season.”

EFR firefighters joined businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations to collect food and toys throughout the holiday season.

Creekside Elementary School students delivered more than 2,500 cans of food to firefighters last week for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

In addition, the “Reindeer Engine” has collected more toys for the Eastside nonprofit organization Hopelink than in past years.

Every staffed fire station in the EFR service area has participated in the food and toy drives.

The regional agency is the emergency responder for Issaquah, Klahanie, Preston and Sammamish, plus unincorporated King County and a large swath from Carnation to Snoqualmie Pass. EFR serves about 116,000 people across the 190-square-mile service area.

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