Updated: Eastside Fire & Rescue Launch Annual Food & Toy Drive

UPDATE | December 5th

🎶 Santa Claus is coming to town 🎶

Beginning today December 5th and running through Christmas Eve, your Eastside Professional Firefighters would like to cordially invite you to Eastside Fire and Rescue’s station 83 for some holiday cheer!

Every night from 5-8 you are invited to drive through their holiday experience. The station and landscaping are decked in holiday lights and holiday music will be sounding from the rafters. The Reindeer Engine and other Eastside apparatus’ will also be on hand, covered in lights.

Santa!!! Every Friday and Saturday nights (starting December 11th) from 5-8 pm, Santa Claus himself will be on hand for socially distant photos. Just drive up, hop out and snap and photo with Santa.

As you drive through the light display you will find QR code posters. Those codes will take you to a link where you can, if you choose, to donate virtually. Just open up the camera function on your phone, point it at the QR code and click the link that populates. Additionally there will be a trailer on hand for contactless donations!

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ORIGINAL STORY

Eastside Fire & Rescue (EF&R) is launching their Annual Food & Toy Drive virtually this year.

Annually, Eastside Fire & Rescue partners with the Eastside Firefighters Local Union 2878 and the Eastside Firefighters Benevolent Fund to hold several fundraisers. The Fill the Truck Food Drive and Reindeer Engine Toy Drives have been a wonderful way to connect with community members during the holiday season.

Historically, the community has responded by donating over 30,000 pounds of food and thousands of dollars in toys, clothing, and cash donations annually. These donations directly help the Issaquah Valley Food & Clothing Bank, Snoqualmie Food Bank, and Hopelink Carnation to overwhelmingly meet the needs of fellow community members.

This year, they remain dedicated to serving the community and continue the tradition of giving while keeping community members safe. Donations will be accepted for the online Holiday Food & Toy Drive.

You can participate by clicking DONATE or by texting “GIVE” to 339-229-5551

Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Station 83 is located at 3425 Issaquah Pine Lake Rd. SE in Sammamish will be turned into a holiday drive-thru of lights and apparatus to raise awareness of the fundraising efforts. Additional details regarding drop-off times will be distributed soon.

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