Eastside Fire & Rescue launches food, gift drive

November 20, 2012

By Staff

Eastside Fire & Rescue is joining local businesses for a holiday season food and gift drive set to start on Black Friday.

The agency, Issaquah-based First Due Movers and Fred Meyer plan to collect food, clothing and toys from Nov. 23-25 in Lake Sammamish Center at Fred Meyer, 6100 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Items donated during the drive go to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and the Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank in North Bend.

First Due Movers donated a 24-foot truck for the food and gift drive. Organizers hope to fill the truck twice with donated food items, unwrapped toys, and new or used clothing.

EFR also plans to display the Reindeer Engine at Fred Meyer, and donors can take a photo at the engine after donating to the food and gift drive.

In 2011, EFR collected 15,000 pounds of food, toys and clothing, plus $1,100 in monetary donations. The agency is hoping to surpass last year’s goal.

EFR requested dry or canned beans, peanut butter, canned tuna, beef stew, soups, canned nuts, dried fruits, juices, spaghetti sauce, pasta, rice, macaroni and cheese mix, oatmeal, breakfast cereal and spices for the food banks’ pantries.

The agency also needs to collect baby food and formula, diapers, shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, tissues, laundry soup, cleaning products, socks, underwear, rain gear, tarps and tents.

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