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Santa talks with a family while Whatcom 7 Firefighter and Ferndale Police personnel look on during the annual Santa Food Drive (December 14, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News

Santa Food Drive donations surpassed last year’s total

Whatcom 7 Firefighters, Ferndale Police and Santa spent the last 2 Saturday evenings driving through Ferndale neighborhoods collecting donations from the community for the Ferndale Food Bank. The 2 prior Fridays were also spent accepting donations while hosting open houses with Santa at Whatcom County Fire District 7 firehouses.

This was the 3rd year of the Santa food drive and the first with Ferndale Police Department involvement. Organizers were able to add more neighborhoods to the routes this year with the Police Department’s assistance.

But, according to organizers, they were unable to get to all the neighborhoods after being overwhelmed with donations. They say to expect some changes in the event’s format next year in order to provide better coverage into more neighborhoods.

Last year, over 5,000 pounds (2.5 tons) was collected. This year’s effort resulted in collecting 6,631 pounds of food donated by the community.

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The donations were delivered to the Ferndale Food Bank this morning.

Whatcom 7 Firefighters unload one of several trucks needed to haul over 6,600 pound of community donations received during the Santa Food Drive to the Ferndale Food Bank (December 18, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News
Whatcom 7 Firefighters unload one of several trucks needed to haul over 6,600 pound of community donations received during the Santa Food Drive to the Ferndale Food Bank (December 18, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News

How much work did Santa do during all this? An organizer said Santa handed out over 1,500 candy canes.

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