Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
For many, December is a time to reunite with friends and family, share laughs and love, and get into the spirit of giving. Within Barnwell the evening of Dec. 13 — this spirit rang true in the hearts of many.
The M.D. of Taber Regional Fire Services has been doing their Candy Cane Christmas Parade for a number of years now; however this is the first year they have done a food drive alongside it, and as six-year M.D. of Taber firefighter Tim Laczo stated, it was quite a success.
“We’ve been doing the parade for I believe three years now, but last year we didn’t collect for the food bank and this year we did.”
They collected for the food bank across all six fire halls this Christmas, and if Barnwell is anything to go by — the food drive was a resounding success.
“I wasn’t able to make it to every fire hall across the municipality but I was in Barnwell and I’d say we probably had about three or four truck loads of food. It turned out very well, people drove into the village to see the parade and the firetrucks all decorated up.”
Laczo also mentioned that decorating the rescue and the pump truck was a job that a lot of the firefighters participated in.
Now starting to become a yearly event, Laczo stated that people have been looking forward to seeing the vehicles coming down the road.
“They look forward to it, and they have actually contacted us to make sure that we’re coming out again and this is going on. We don’t post routes or anything but we did split up the units here in Barnwell. One unit went one way while the other went another way and there were times where we both went down the same road. Last year we just paraded around the roads but this year we broke it up because of the food drive. We wanted to make sure we could try and get to every house. We even had some people in vehicles pull over on the side of the road and come out to hand us food, or firefighters would go up to the doors to hand out candy canes and people would give food to us then.”
Lights Ablaze 2021 is also coming up in Taber, where the Taber Fire Department will parade the town on Dec. 18.
“It was great to see all the people. I hope next year can be bigger and better.”