Firefighters shake boots for families

Event on Saturday in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows collects for Chritmas hamper and food bank.

Firefighters for Families collects donations for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society, as well as the Friends in Need Food Bank. (THE NEWS/files)

Firefighters for Families collects donations for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society, as well as the Friends in Need Food Bank. (THE NEWS/files)

Firefighters in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows will be shaking their boots on Saturday, collecting for two local charities for the 15th straight year.

“Our local heroes will be at 11 different locations in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, collecting toys, non-perishable food items and cash, which will be donated to the Friends In Need Food Bank Society and the Christmas Hamper Society,” said Mary Robson, executive director of the food bank.

The locations in Pitt Meadows are Save-On-Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart and Starbucks at the Meadowvale Mall, and at Meadowtown Centre at Tim Horton’s, Signature Liquor Store and both entrances of Superstore.

In Maple Ridge, the locations are the three Save-On-Foods, at 240th, 227th and 203rd streets, Safeway and Thrifty Foods.

Firefighters for Families started in 2002 with both local fire departments calling in all their members to volunteer.

In 2015, they raised more than $17,000 for the two charities, and last year raised just under $14,000.

“On Dec. 9,” said Robson, “please come out to support the efforts of your firefighters in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.”