WEST NEWBURY — Chief Michael Dwyer and the West Newbury Fire Company are pleased to announce that Santa Claus will be teaming up with first responders over the next couple of weeks to collect non-perishable food items to help those in need this holiday season.
Donations can be picked up throughout the day on Saturday, Dec. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 26. The Santa Ride will be held on Thursday, Dec. 24 at 3 p.m.
Routes will be posted on social media on the days of the rides.
Members of the West Newbury Fire Company will once again be participating in Santa’s Ride this year to help collect canned and non-perishable goods to donate to Our Neighbors’ Table, the West Newbury Council on Aging, and the Emmaus House.
Santa will be riding along to visit residents throughout town on Christmas Eve only. Donations will not be picked up on this day.
Canned, non-perishable items can be handed to Santa’s helpers as the group travels to various stops throughout the town on Dec. 19 and Dec. 26. Residents are asked to bag or box up their donations prior to the arrival of the fire department, and to leave donations at the end of their driveway or in their mailbox to help promote social distancing and allow for contactless pick up.
Drop off boxes will also be placed at the West Newbury Central Fire Station, 403 Main St., and in the lobby of the Public Safety Building, 401 Main St.
Anyone making a donation must wear a mask when interacting with those outside of their household and should practice social distancing whenever possible.
“During these challenging times, we are proud to be able to host events like these to help support those in our community who are in need,” Chief Dwyer said. “Thank you to all who organized this year’s event and to the community members who have helped to make it a success year after year.”
More information will be posted on the West Newbury Fire Company Facebook page in the coming days.