The Tulalip Bay Fire Department decorated one of their fire engines with Christmas lights and brought Santa out to local neighborhoods as part of their annual Santa Run.
The tradition was held on Dec. 14, 15 and 16 this year and serves as a way to spread holiday cheer and as a food drive.
“Besides the weather, the first day went really well,” said Patrick Dinneen, a Tulalip Bay firefighter and one of the main organizers of this year’s event.
Strong winds and broken branches made the first night a little more difficult than usual, but Dinneen said that it still went well.
“We collected 400 pounds of food on the first day,” he said, “and generally try and collect 1,000 pounds of food each year.”
The food is given to the Tulalip Church of God (a.k.a. ‘The Little Red Church’) which runs a local food bank.
Dinneen said that the fire department appreciates all the donations of food and cash that they receive throughout the event.