NEW BERN, Craven County - The New Bern Fire-Rescue will host its first "Fill a Fire Truck" food drive on Friday.
The goal is to help City of New Bern employees and local families fill a fire truck full of food for the holiday season. The drive lasts through Dec. 19.
You can stop by the New Bern Fire-Rescue headquarters at 1401 Neuse Blvd. and drop off non-perishable food items to help fill the truck. You'll see a truck marked where you can drop off the food. New Bern Fire-Rescue is also accepting donations that will be used to buy perishable foods such as turkeys from local grocers.
The food will be collected, boxed and presented to employees in need on Dec. 20. The rest will be taken to Religious Community Services in New Bern for distribution to residents and families.
"While you're out doing your holiday shopping Friday, stop by and drop a few items into the fire truck," said Fire Chief Bobby Boyd in a press release. "Everything stays local so that all of our employees and neighbors in need can celebrate the holidays with their families near and with a nice warm meal."
New Bern Fire-Rescue is also hosting a special event on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to invite the public to visit the fire station headquarters, have fun and give what they can to support the food drive. The event will feature music, popcorn and a visit from Santa.
"We want this food drive to be successful ... so successful that it becomes an annual event," Boyd said. "We already have firefighter shifts challenging other shifts to collect the most food and donations. This will be a holiday blessing for so many families, both in-house and in the community."
Non-perishable and monetary donations will also be accepted at the fire stations located at 800 West Thurman Road and 3101 Elizabeth Avenue.