3:26 PM: Thanks to Steve for the photo and tip: Retired fire trucks are staging in the Genesee Hill area right now to get ready to travel the neighborhood tonight for the Fire Truck Food Drive, collecting nonperishable food for Union Gospel Mission. If you’re in the area where they’re collecting tonight, you should have received a notice – Steve says the trucks will travel “the streets from 50th – 44th, between Genesee and Hinds.” Santa will be along for the ride too. Tomorrow night, he says, they’ll be collecting in Belvidere. We’re checking for more information on that; tonight’s collections will be between 5 and 8 pm, Steve says.
5:36 PM: We went over to Genesee Hill to find out more. There, we met Steve:
He explained that he bought the fire trucks for use in his construction business – watering down sites, for example – and then realized they could be used for more. Like gathering donated food!
This is the first year he’s done this and he hopes to make it a holiday-season tradition around the region.
UPDATED LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Steve says, “It was a successful night tonight” and that they hope to follow this route on Thursday night: “42nd to 40th from Hanford down to Manning. AND 39th to 37th from manning to Olga.” Same time frame as far as we know – 5 to 8 pm – but we’ll doublecheck.