SHOP WITH A COP
• The Bonney Lake Police Department for the second year is offering the “Shop with a Cop” event at the Target store. The program is being led by Officer Tony Rice once again this year and the plan is for the program to expand to give 10 children the opportunity to spend $100 each at Target shopping for Christmas gifts.
Target is providing a portion of the funds and Rice said the department is is accepting donations for the program.
Anyone interested in donating should contact Rice at 253-863-2218.
FOOD AND TOY DRIVE
• Barb Wigton from the Police Department kicked off the citywide Food and Toy Drive Monday. In an e-mail, Wigton said the program is starting early because “the need is great this year. Most of our schools are hosting drives for us and many businesses also. There will be collection boxes at the Public Safety Building (18421 Sumner-Buckley Highway) for dropping off items Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.”
Wigton also said people can bring food items directly to the Bonney Lake Food Bank “during their normal business hours, just let them know this is for the citywide count.”
There will also be drop boxes at Key Bank, 19610 SR 410 E., Cedar Ridge Retirement and Assisted Living, 9515 198th Ave. E., Java Java along with the Public Safety Building.
• The Bonney Lake Police Department is working on the annual Giving Tree for children in need in the area. Donations will be accepted at the Public Safety Building. The department is asking people to donate early to allow time for delivery of the gifts.
Drop boxes are located in the lobby of the Public Safety Building, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m..
Other locations include Grocery Outlet, 18318 SR 410 E., Lumberman’s, 22816 SR 410, and Key Bank.
• East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters will accompany Santa during his annual visit to neighborhoods in the district. This year James Parke, firefighter and emergency medical technician, is taking over as organizer of the event.
For safety, the firefighters ask that everyone to stay on the sidewalk and out of the road.
Firefighters will also be collecting donations for local food banks as they accompany Santa during his annual visit. Donations will be also accepted for the Chief Dan Packer Memorial Fund.
Look for the fire engines and Santa’s sleigh from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on these days:
• Saturday at Lakeridge Drive, Tapps Island, Jenks Park, Tacoma Point, Skyline Estates and Quiet Waters,
• Sunday at Inlet Island, White River Estates, Springhaven, Sky Island, Panorama Heights, Willowbrook and Cedar View
• Santa will hear requests from girls and boys at the 13th annual Pancake Feed from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday. The breakfast, hosted by the firefighters of East Pierce Fire and Rescue, will be at the Sumner fire station, 800 Harrison St.
The cost is a $3 donation. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Firefighters, fire commissioners and local dignitaries will be flipping flapjacks and serving ham, coffee and orange juice while Santa hobnobs with the crowd. A silent auction, featuring items donated by local businesses, will be available during the event.
Children are invited to celebrate the holiday season by participating in a breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Clause from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lake Blvd. E.
The event is sponsored by Play-Dayz, a nonprofit organization that provides age-appropriate activities for toddlers and preschool-aged children.
During the breakfast, participants can enjoy musical entertainment, meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus and take photos. A raffle for prizes will take place to benefit the Play-Dayz music program. Volunteers are being sought for set-up and clean-up.
Tickets to the event are $5 for adults and $3 for children older than 3 years. To order or to volunteer, call 360-829-1921, ext. 259.