UPDATE: First night of Fire Truck Food Drive in West Seattle

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.

7 Replies to "UPDATE: First night of Fire Truck Food Drive in West Seattle"

  • Nw mama December 5, 2018 (4:18 pm)

    Thanks for the heads up!  We’ll make sure to do that for our advent activity tomorrow. 

  • West Seattle Coug December 5, 2018 (5:49 pm)

    We’ll keep an eye out for them tomorrow in Belvidere… hopefully they’ll get us a time to be on the lookout!

  • MWmom December 5, 2018 (6:14 pm)

    Just saw them at 48th and Spokane. Thanks for posting. Raiding the cupboards now!

    • WSB December 5, 2018 (6:47 pm)

      I am sorry to not have heard about this sooner but better late than never! Hoping to check with Steve about tomorrow’s plan so we can have it in the daily preview, too.

  • just wondering December 5, 2018 (6:52 pm)

    Though I’m not in the area of the food drive I can hear the sirens of the fire trucks.What a cool idea!

  • Mom in Genesee December 6, 2018 (10:26 am)

    My family really enjoyed this, and we were happy to donate food. Thjanks!

  • SoAdmiralK December 6, 2018 (11:26 am)

    I thought this was an odd way to do things.  We heard a siren and thought something was wrong.  Not the best way to notify folks you are in the neighborhood.  Once we heard the Christmas music, we figured things were ok.  It wasn’t until we read the blog that we found out what it was.  Too late for us to donate and a bit unnerving to hear sirens.  

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