Tonight: Santa visits fire stations to promote toy, book drive


Santa Claus is coming to town early to visit the Woodside Fire Protection District's three stations on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

As in years past, visitors are invited to come to the open houses to take a picture with Santa, see the fire engines up close, and enjoy cocoa and cookies.

Visitors are also encouraged to bring new unwrapped gifts for the Redwood City and San Mateo County Toys & Book Drive. Last year the community effort put on by Peninsula firefighters, police and the Sheriff's Office resulted in close to 750 families being served, with more than 15,000 toys and books delivered to local children.

Donation barrels are located at Fire Station 7 at 3111 Woodside Road in Woodside, Fire Station 8 at 135 Portola Road in Portola Valley, and Fire Station 19 at 4091 Jefferson Ave. in Emerald Hills.

It's not too late to rent a Santa for your holiday event. The Redwood City Fire Department is still accepting requests for Santa and his helper to make a 30-minute stop at your party or home to deliver toys and take photos.

Go to to rent a Santa. The $100 fee goes to the Redwood City and San Mateo County Toy & Book Drive.

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