Operation Candy Cane to hit Port Angeles streets
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Tyler Beiker, Keith Bogues, Troy Tisdale and Trish Tisdale from left, tape red lights onto a vintage 1956 Seagrave fire engine earlier this week were. The truck will carry Santa and candy canes through Port Angeles neighborhoods starting Saturday.

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Santa is coming to Port Angeles neighborhoods on a 1956 fire engine beginning Saturday.

During the annual Operation Candy Cane, now in its 28th year, paid and volunteer firefighters with the Port Angeles Fire Department travel with Santa on the vintage Seagrave truck with the siren blaring, decorated lights blazing and Christmas music playing.

They will cover one neighborhood each night from 5:30 p.m. to about 9 p.m. through Dec. 6.

Firefighters will hand out candy canes and collect donations of cans of food or money for the Port Angeles Food Bank and the Port Angeles office of the Salvation Army.

Last year, a record 13,769 pounds of food was donated.

“We give candy canes to everybody,” said Keith Bogues, Fire Department training officer.

“We prefer people who give us cans of food or money, but we won't deny you a candy cane.”

Donations are divided between the Salvation Army and the food bank, with the donations from three evenings going to one of the charities and those from three other evenings to the other.

Here is the schedule:

■ Saturday — West of I Street and M Street.

■ Sunday — I and L streets to C Street.

■ Monday — C Street to Lincoln Street.

■ Tuesday — Chase Street to Chambers Street.

■ Wednesday — Jones Street to Golf Course Road.

■ Thursday, Dec. 6 — Above Lauridsen Boulevard.

To donate to Operation Candy Cane or for more information, phone 360-417-4655 or visit the fire station at 102 E. Fifth St.

Last modified: November 28. 2012 6:01PM
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