Burien/Normandy Park Fire Dept. Helping Needy Families

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by Janet Grella

Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department’s Lt. Inspector John Zilke is at it again!

As in years past, John is coordinating the very large and important Christmas Outreach Program in the Burien and White Center areas. Our very own Burien Fire Department (King County Fire District 2, Burien & Normandy Park) has been helping needy families during the holidays for over 20 years.

This translates to thousands of families enjoying a happy holiday because of Burien’s generosity.

This year, with the help of the White Center DSHS, 73 local needy families have been identified to be recipients of Burien’s largess.  Thirteen local businesses have volunteered to be drop-off locations and are accepting NEW toys, canned food, gift cards and cash.  Thanks to both our local Fred Meyer and your cash donations, each family will also receive a turkey dinner.

All donations must be made by the morning of December 22. Upon final collection, John and our firefighters match the gifts with the families’ needs at Sunnydale School, where they will be loaded up and delivered by Santa Claus and others on December 23.

To help out our fire department, eleven departments within Highline Medical Center have each adopted one family. Sylvester Middle School students and teachers will be conducting in-school food drives as part of this community effort.

Some of the toys and food delivered to the Burien Fire Department the first day of the outreach program. For locations on where you can donate, please see the list below.

John knows that this is a particularly tough year to ask for donations, but adds. “Your donations bring light to the holidays for a needy family.”

Following are the local businesses where you can donate to the Christmas Outreach Program:

  • Albertson’s—15340 1st Ave S. & 12725 1st Ave S.
  • Boulevard Park Place Seniors Community—2805 S. 125th
  • Burien Fire Department—15100 8th Ave. SW & 135 S. Normandy Rd.
  • Burien Chevrolet—1440 1st Ave S.
  • Burien Toyota—15025 1st Ave S. & 139 SW 150th St.
  • Collins Chiropractic—619 SW 152nd
  • Curves—17824 1st Ave S.
  • Dooley’s General Store—625 SW 152nd
  • Frenzi—218 SW 153rd
  • North Highline Fire Department—1243 SW 112th & 1606 S. 128th
  • Highline Medical Center—16252 Sylvester Rd SW
  • Highline Medical Center—Riverton Campus 12844 Military Rd. S, & 23030 Military Rd
  • North Highline Fire Department—1243 SW 112th & 1606 S. 128th
  • Red Apple Market—96th & Des Moines Memorial Dr.
  • YB Tubless/Economy Wiring—633 SW 148th

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