St. George Fire Department continued its long-standing tradition in December of giving Santa a ride atop a fire engine through the neighborhoods around the district.

Since the district has grown to have more than 200 subdivisions, it is quite a task, said Eldon Ledoux, public information officer for St. George Fire Protection District. “However, it is one that the firefighters and the public have embraced and look forward to.”

The Fire Department partners with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Christmas for Challenged Children to conduct the three-truck processions collecting food and toys.

The miniparades originate from St. George’s eight fire stations during the first two weekends of December.

This year, graced with beautiful weather, the St. George Fire Department neighborhood Santa parades yielded 19,667 pounds of food and 1,284 toys to brighten the holidays of some of our less fortunate neighbors, he said.

St. George Fire Department, the Baton Rouge Food Bank and Christmas for Challenged Children thanked the residents of the fire district for their generosity.