Santa (Run) is Coming to Town!
Blackfalds, Alberta (December 11, 2020) – In 2005, the Blackfalds Fire Department introduced the first Santa Run. Fire service members decorated the fire truck in Christmas lights galore, and Santa made a special trip to Blackfalds to ride with Mrs. Claus and spread the holiday cheer. During this trip, the firefighters followed closely behind, picking up much-needed food bank donations along the way.
This year the Blackfalds Fire Department and the Town, through the Emergency Management Agency, collectively made the tough decision to postpone the Santa Run until the new year as per the updated AHS and Government of Alberta guidelines and regulations under Social Events and Parades.
However, following a WebEx discussion with Dr. Hinshaw and other Government officials on December 10, Hinshaw specified to municipalities that drive-by parades are permitted, but social events are still prohibited.
“Through further discussions with AHS and the Emergency Management and Protective Services Manager and the Fire Chief, a decision has been made to allow the Santa Run to take place that will have some changes to ensure public safety,” explained Myron Thompson, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Blackfalds. “We know how much our community looks forward to this event and the Christmas spirit that it adds to the holiday season.”
Unfortunately, fire service members will not be able to pause on route to pick up food bank donations, which annually results in one of the most considerable one-time contributions.
With the need in mind, especially this year, we encourage anyone and everyone to donate to the Blackfalds Food Bank in other ways. Food Bank donations can be dropped off at the Blackfalds Family and Community Support Services building or donations can be made through atbcares.com. Individuals will receive a tax receipt instantly and, not only will 100% of their donation go to the Blackfalds Food Bank, but ATB will also match that donation with 15%. This year, the Blackfalds Fire Department members donated $2,500.00 to assist families in need.
“After further discussion and clarification of the Alberta COVID-19 restrictions that were announced earlier this week, we are excited that we have been given an opportunity to continue this 15-year-tradition. Our department members always look forward to the Santa Run and we are excited to see the families and residents of Blackfalds,” said Fire Chief Robert Cote. “Our originally scheduled dates of December 21 (west) and 22 (east) will continue and Santa will start his journey at 5:30 pm.”
The Blackfalds Fire Department and the Town of Blackfalds encourage residents to social-distance and to not crowd the streets – Santa will see you from your driveway, porch, or lawn.
To keep up with updates and Santa’s whereabouts, please visit the Blackfalds Fire Department’s Facebook page.
For more information:
Emergency Management & Protective Services Manager
Blackfalds Fire Chief