The results of the Prineville volunteer firefighters food drive easily filled every flat surface in the Search and Rescue meeting room. When it came time to start making up the Christmas food baskets that will be delivered just before the big day, the problem was trying to find enough empty space on which to work.
>The results of the Prineville volunteer firefighter's food drive easily filled every flat surface in the Search and Rescue meeting room. County Corrections Officer Brandon Smith helped organize this year's drive to help a number of local families have a merry Christmas. Among those starting the work of making up food baskets were 5-year-old Mekenna Smith, Karole Stockton (Search & Rescue), Deputy Smith and, in back from the Fire Department, Mike Wright, Homer Urell and Jeff Warren. The food baskets and Christmas gifts will be delivered to chosen families the day before Christmas.
Fire department volunteers have joined with officers from the Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff's deputies and Search & Rescue volunteers this year to make Christmas a better time for some local families in need. The annual firefighter's food drive, along with cash donations from the other departments and others, will be used to help in the effort. Toys, clothes and other items will be purchased with the money and distributed Christmas Eve, shortly before Santa Claus is scheduled to make his rounds.
A number of local merchants have gotten involved with the local emergency service departments in their effort to help out Santa.