The engine is brightly decorated with lights and can be easily spotted (and its sirens heard) a block away or more. Families come out of their houses, children greet Santa and receive candy canes from him and each family contributes canned goods and other items to our local food bank. Santa takes the foodstuffs with him for delivery to the food bank.
Carole Cirucci came up with the idea of the food bank contribution years ago and the tradition has stuck. This colorful holiday custom has endured in our neighborhood for more than 40 years. May it long endure!