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Bend Fire Department and Bend Firefighter's Association community food, clothing, and toy drive for those in need.

Santa Express to Collect Food, Clothing, and Toys for Needy Families

 Santa Express

Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express food and clothing drive is heading into Bend Neighborhoods. The Bend Firefighter’s Association and Bend Fire and Rescue are working with The Salvation Army to collect non-perishable food items, clothing, and toys for needy families in Bend and Central Oregon. Neighborhood residents are encouraged to listen for the fire engine and Santa, and bring donations to the street for collection. There will be many volunteers walking along with Santa the fire engines to collect the donated items. Please advise children to use caution around the moving fire engines.

The Santa Express 2018 schedule is as follows: 

Monday December 3: Terrango Glen, Lava Ridges and Tasman (north map [PDF]) NEW NEIGHBORHOODS MAP

Tuesday December 4: Larkspur, Foxborough and Sun Meadow (south map [PDF])

Wednesday December 5: NW Crossing (west map [PDF])

Thursday December 6: Providence, areas north and south of Neff Road (east map [PDF])

We start nightly in each neighborhood around 6pm and walk slowly down the streets. Listen for all the sirens and look for Santa as we come down the street. We have volunteers that will come all the way to your door to collect any donations you can provide.

If we don’t come through your neighborhood you can always drop off non-perishable foods, new toys or clothing at any one of our business partner locations. Boxes will be collected on Friday 12/14/18 for distribution:

  • Any Bend Fire Department fire stations (maps)
  • Salvation Army Headquaters - 515 NE Dekalb Ave
  • Firkus Plumbing - 558 SE Glenwood Dr

Here's a list of much needed items this year:


  • Sports balls (Baseballs, football, etc)
  • Board games for all ages
  • Teen aged gifts (make up, bath sets, headphones, etc)


  • Soups
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned meats
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meals (chili, pasta, etc)
  • Holiday foods 


  • Warm coats
  • Blankets

Thanks ahead of time from Bend Firefighters Association, Bend Fire and Rescue, and The Salvation Army for helping needy families this holiday season.

If you need help from this holiday season with food or presents, please call The Salvation Army at 541-389-8888.

For more information please contact the Bend Fire Department at 541-322-6309