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6th Annual Operation Candy Cane

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash.-- Fire and police departments are getting into the holiday spirit and giving to a good cause.

Operation Candy Cane is happening once again this year. Firefighters will decorate their trucks and visit several neighborhoods. They're asking people to donate a non-perishable food item in order to get a candy cane.

Firefighters say it's not everyday they get to have a little competitive fun.

"All the firefighters look forward to it because it's not very often you get to take a fire truck and throw hundreds of lights on it and decorate it up how you want," said Lieutenant Paul Carlyle, Benton County Fire District #4. We kind of make it a competition between the shifts who can decorate the truck the best, and then our fire commissioners come up and judge it."

Operation Candy Cane will be kicking off Saturday at 7:00 p.m. This is the sixth year the fire department is doing the collection. All non-perishable food items will be donated to local area food banks.

They will have three different routes. Some of the neighborhoods they'll be visiting are as follows:

Route 1: Chukar, Blue Heron, Seahawk, S. Highland, Holly, Iris, Mt. Adams View, Rose.

Route 2: Fern Loop, Deer, 59th, Jamison, 61st., Melinda, King, Laurel.

Route 3: Desert Dove, Chicory, Holly Way, Briarwood, Ficus, Warbler, Kona, Diamond Head

Firefighters will also be at station 420 on Bombing Range and Mount Adams View Road from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday if you wish to drop off any food items.