The firefighters went door to door last week to collect food and money donations.

On Thursday, Dec. 21, 20 volunteers with the Colton Fire Department boarded the department fire rigs and took to the streets going door-to-door collecting food donations for Colton Aid Network's Christmas food boxes.

As the emergency rigs made their rounds of the community, some folks who live down those long side country roads, came out to meet the firefighters at the main roads. Children, waiting by their windows, watching for the flashing lights to come near, ran out the door with their food donations to greet the local volunteer emergency responders.

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Colton Advanced EMT/Firefighter Casey Norlin and Lieutenant/Paramedic Alex Beaudoin are greeted with bags and boxes of food by Ray and Natalia Baurer on Dec. 21.

Ray and Natalia Baurer met the firefighters outside their door with boxes of food. They said it was for people who can't always go to the store when they need food to eat.

Volunteer firefighter, Courtney Reed, said a family new to the community, was waiting alongside the road with donations and she let the little ones sound the siren.

"It was really a big success," Colton Aid Network coordinator Geri Fraijo said. "Our community is so generous."

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Colton volunteers (and family members) of Colton Fire gather for a photo op after the food drive Dec. 21.

Fraijo noted that monetary donations were also handed to firefighters for the cause.

"The students at Colton Elementary School had a really successful food drive," Fraijo said. "They brought in lots of cans and non-perishables."

All along the walls of the station are boxes of food that will be donated to those in the community who need a little help to stretch their budgets during the ho­liday.

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