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Firefighters and law enforcement hold holiday food drive for Almeda Fire survivors

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Local firefighters, law enforcement officers, and business owners have teamed up to serve a holiday dinner for families impacted by the Almeda Fire last September. In order to prepare for the dinner, they're asking for food donations to meet a December 21 deadline.

The goal is to have enough food for between 300 and 400 fire-impacted families, or about 2,400 people.

"We are grateful to have already raised approximately $30,000 to help purchase pre-cooked turkeys and hams with the understanding that not all those who were displaced have ovens much less full stoves to cook with still," the Medford Fire Department said in a statement.

Medford Fire, Jackson County Fire Districts 3 and 5, and the Sheriff's Office are working with Country Financial Trey Berkey Agency, John L Scott and Guild Mortgage on the dinner and food drive. They are hoping to get enough of certain non-perishable items to help make the dinners.

Cash donations are also welcome, and can be sent to Venmo@firehousefive

"We thank our amazing communities for all they have and continue to do for those who lost so much," Medford Fire said.

Accepted donations will include: 

  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Gravy mix packets
  • Sweet potatoes – can
  • Stuffing mix - box or bag
  • Broth - vegetable or chicken can or box
  • Bisquick baking mix
  • Fried onion strings
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Cranberry sauce – can
  • Canned veggies – (corn, peas, green beans)
  • Canned fruit – (pears, peaches, fruit cocktail)
  • Cake mix – box Frosting – can
  • Pie filling
  • Non refrigerated pie crust or pie crust mix

You can drop off food donations at the following locations by December 1:

  • Fire District No. 5 - 5811 South Pacific Hwy, Phoenix
  • Medford Fire Station 3 - 534 Highland Dr., Medford
  • John L. Scott - 71 Medford Center, Medford
  • Fire District No. 3 Admin Building - 8383 Agate Road, White City

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