Santa Run Food Drive

Santa Run Food Drive

2023 Santa Run

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Annual Santa Run | North County Fire EMS, WA

The annual Fire Department Santa Run food drive is embarking on its 31st year! Santa visits neighborhoods throughout Arlington and Stanwood and collects nonperishable food items for local foodbanks with firefighters and friends.

Sponsored by North County Regional Fire Authority. 

Starting December 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 5:00 p.m. weekends.

The Routes:

Dates: Friday 12/1 – Tuesday 12/12

Times: Weekday 5:30pm Start / Weekend 5:00pm Start


12/1 – Arlington Downtown East / Portage Creek / Kent Prairie


12/2 – Arlington Downtown West / North


12/3 – Arlington 188th / High Clover


12/4 – Smokey Point North / South


12/5 – Arlington Rivercrest / Ronning Rd


12/6 – Arlington Crown Ridge / Magnolia / Greggory Heights


12/7 – Arlington Crossing / Highland View


12/8 – Arlington Gleneagle West / East


12/9 – Arlington Bryant / Kackman / Meadow Ridge


12/10 – WB Kayak Estates / Soundview Dr


12/11 – Stanwood North / East (Cedarhome)


12/12 – Stanwood South / West ( Fox Hill / Downtown)

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2021 Santa Run Food Drive a Huge Success

North County Fire & EMS recently completed the 2021 annual Santa Run Food Drive. Fire department staff have escorted Santa on a 12-night convoy throughout various Arlington and Stanwood neighborhoods, gathering food for the Arlington Community Food Bank and the Stanwood Camano Food Bank.

North County Fire & EMS firefighters decorated a fire engine with colorful holiday lights, and festive music played, setting the stage for Santa to spread holiday cheer. Residents met volunteers at the sidewalk to give food donations, and children patiently waited for a high-five greeting from Santa.

This year a total of 23,852 pounds of food was collected (an increase of 6,786 pounds from last year’s Santa Run) with monetary donations totaling $3,772, which was $765 more collected than last year.

A special thanks to the fire department and APD staff who participated in the event on their own time, as well as the Rotary Club of Arlington, and various City of Arlington staff for volunteering. "The Santa Run has become a big part of my family's Christmas celebration over the years. I find it gratifying to see all the food donated by members of our community to help those who are experiencing food insecurities," said Paul Ellis, City Administrator.

"In previous years, the Santa Run collection has played a significant role in helping feed families in Arlington, and we are happy that the impact was even greater this year. This has been a heartwarming experience," Deputy Chief Dave Kraski said.

Click the here to watch the video of highlights from the 2021 Santa Run.