Fort Langley firefighters and the Salvation Army will be taking to the streets of the village in the annual autumn food drive.
Firefighters have dropped off 2,500 bags for residents' food donations and on Saturday, Sept. 29, the bags will be picked up.
Fire & Food started back in 2008, growing into what firefighter Dave Backie calls "the easiest fundraiser that there is" because of the strong community support.
Fort businesses sponsor the bags and supplies needed and residents contribute lots of food - 3,364 pounds last year. The Salvation Army provides a van while firefighters walk the roads to gather up bags. Donations go to the Salvation Army and its Gateway of Hope.
Backie said the event is deliberately held near Thanksgiving.
Backie attributed the success of the effort to the real sense of community that exists in Fort Langley.
About 17 firefighters from the fort hall as well as helpers from hall 8 take part. They are joined by others.
"Lots of family was out helping drop off bags, and they'll be out for the pick-up," Backie said. "It's kind of turned into a cool family event."
Even before the Saturday pick-up, people have started dropping off bags of food at the firehall and will continue for a few days after. As well, the firefighters are eagerly anticipated come pick-up day.
"It's always cool to see the kids," he said. "We give them a quick tour of the [fire] truck if we have time."
Backie said people should have bags on the stoop by 10 a.m.
Also watch for Fort Langley firefighters walking the streets of the village Friday evening, accepting donations as part of the Muscular Dystrophy Boot Drive weekend.
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