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Toddy Thomas Elementary donates 1,000 food items to Santa’s Sleigh Program

FORTUNA- One thousand food items were transported out of classrooms and into a fire truck on Friday.

“I didn't think we would get that many but our school is actually pretty good when it comes to stuff like that,” 8th Grader Kati Hurst said. “People are willing to do stuff that helps other people out.”

Fortuna students at five schools have been collecting non-perishable food items since thanksgiving. The food drive is part of the fire department’s annual Santa Sleigh Program, which collects food, toys and clothing for local families.

On Friday, firefighters and a vintage fire truck were at the elementary school picking up the items students collected. The goods will help one hundred local families put food on the table this Christmas.

“I know it's hard you bring in a can you dump it in a barrel and you really don't maybe see the effect it has but they understand that they're giving to the community and they're giving to those in need and supporting their community when doing so. You know, that's what we hope gets taken away from this,” said Chief Lon Winburn with the Fortuna Fire Department.