CROWN POINT | The Lakes of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force is conducting its sixth annual Stop, Drop and Donate this weekend on the Lake County side of the community.
"We have continued this tradition every year since 2008 and have added multiple subdivisions along the way," said LOFS Fire Force Board Treasurer Matthew Melton. This year's Porter County drive was held Dec. 7. The Lake County event is being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and the firefighters will be driving through Stoney Run, Trees, Double Tree East and West and Country Meadows subdivisions, and the Lake County side of Lakes of the Four Seasons.
People can simply leave donated items in a bag at the end of their driveway, or donate cash to firefighters as they walk through the neighborhoods Saturday. Items can also be dropped off before, on or after the day of the drive at the LOFS Fire Station, 10645 Randolph St., on the east side of the building at the red door. All donations will benefit less fortunate families from the local community.
The program was born in 2008 when the LOFS fire chief received a call that one of the local food pantries was almost empty. "We decided to run the fire trucks on two Saturdays through the Porter County section of LOFS and the Lake County section," Melton said. "Firemen and auxiliary members, some with their children, showed up bundled to the limit. We even brought one of Santa's helpers with us.
"Weather was not going to be a factor, we ran sirens, horns, bells, and loud speakers. We didn't knock on any doors, we just let you know that we were there. You greeted us with food and money and chased us down if we missed you.
"The outpouring of the community was so warming that the chill in the air just disappeared. Not only did we fill a truck full of food, but we accepted cash donations which we used to purchase cases of additional food. The township trustees were speechless when we showed up with a fire truck and an SUV loaded to its limit with food for families in need that holiday season."