What is the Santa Run?
Picture this: Santa Clause riding a firetruck that is decorated to look like a sleigh through your neighborhood handing out candy canes while off-duty firemen dressed as elves collect donations of canned food.
The Santa Run is a collaboration of the West Sacramento Fire Dept. (they provide the truck) and members of the West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association who volunteer their time as Santa’s helpers.
Usually, when I hear “canned food drive” I think of it as an opportunity to get rid of the random stuff in my pantry that I’m never going to eat – like pickled capers and SPAM. Probably not a good idea this time.
The canned food items collected during the Santa Run go to a program that makes Christmas baskets for hungry families. Think cranberry sauce, chicken stock, that kind of thing.
Apparently, this has been an annual tradition since the 70’s. This place get’s cuter all the time.
Monday, Dec. 8, Broderick and Bryte areas: Fremont, Douglas, Andrew, Sixth, Cummins, Anna, Kegle, Carrie, Lisbon, North Hobson, and Fourness.
Tuesday, Dec. 9, North Business 80: Pine, Palomar, Marigold, Doran, Garnet, Green Meadow, Evergreen, Sycamore, Buckeye, Poplar, Proctor, Willow, Rockrose, Chaparral, Lilac, Manzanita, Washington, Oxford, Michigan, Maple, Walnut, Holly, Pecan.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, Old West Sacramento: Deerwood, Lakewood, Fernwood, Sonora, Haverhill, Meadow, Webster, Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland.
Thursday, Dec. 11, Southport North East: Kinsington, Aster, Manchester, Gateway, Sausalito, Sansome, Hearst, Randolf, Mojave, Merced, Rubicon, Ironwood, Spruce, Redwood, Alder, Limewood, Almond, Peppertree, Peachtree.
Friday, Dec. 12, Southport South West: Independence, Lagoon, Meadowlark, Starling, Sandpiper, Pheasant Hollow, Duet, Constitution, Summerfield, Jacquelan, Janet, Betty, Shirley, Leslie, Diane, Brenda, Kathy, Nancy, Violet, Mareca, Teal, Canvasback, Pitzer, Allen.
Monday, Dec. 15, Southport West (Bridgeway Island): Cayman, St. John, Martinique, St. Croix, Haiti, Swan, Suisun, Ryer, Catalina, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Cooper, Fiji, Bowen, Solomon, Stuart, Graham, San Salvador, Abaco, Bridgeway Lakes, Henshaw, Eagle, Lewiston, Tahoe, Coyote.