By Steve Guntli
North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) and Whatcom County Fire District 4 are holding their annual Santa Run this weekend to help provide happy holidays for needy local families.
On Saturday, December 5, NWFR firefighters will join forces with Santa Claus at Woods Coffee in Birch Bay Square from 9:30 to 11 a.m. to gather donations. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the firefighters will relocate to Blaine Station 61 at 9408 Odell Road. The firefighters will be gathering donated toys, clothes, books, food and cash to distribute to needy families.
NWFR has been participating in the Santa Run since 2011. District 4 runs the charity throughout the county, and NWFR is in charge of the northern route. The Santa Run is part of Project Santa, a charity program sponsored by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office since 1979. Last year, more than 300 families benefited from the charity.
Kids and families are invited to bring their donations to Woods Coffee, where they’ll have a chance to meet Santa and have their picture taken. At Station 61, kids can get personal tours of the station and check out real fire engines and aid vehicles.
All donations must be new. Food items must be nonperishable and unexpired. For more information, visit nwfrs.net.