Starting Tuesday, Dec. 17, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue began delivering food baskets made for families in need during the holidays.
CPFR personnel, members of the Pierce County Professional Firefighters Local 726, Medical Explorer Post 905 and volunteers from Mel Korum YMCA in Puyallup, all contributed to a record number of 505 baskets.
In addition, 22 mini baskets were also put together for the Puyallup Senior Activity Center.
Families eligible for food baskets were found through school referrals and the military.
Military personnel will pick up their food baskets at Station 63 in Tacoma at noon Dec. 17.
Non-perishable goods were provided through food drives from local schools and produce was supported by donations. Support is also provided by Local 726's benevolent fund.