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Cambridge firefighters launch century-old holiday tradition

The Cambridge Fire Fighters Basket Fund operates with over 130 association members and community volunteers, who come together every year to assist local families during the holidays
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The Cambridge Fire Fighters Basket Fund Committee celebrated 100 years last year and is grateful for members, their families and dedicated community volunteers who help make the basket fund a success every year.

For over 100 years, firefighters from Cambridge have supported thousands of families in need during the holiday season.

The Cambridge Fire Fighters Basket Fund operates with over 130 dedicated fire fighter association members and community volunteers, who come together every year to assist local families during the holidays.

This year will mark the 101st year of the Basket Fund.

The Cambridge Fire Fighters Basket Fund says it will be assisting close to 450 Cambridge Families with a food hamper this year.

The majority of food donations come from local businesses, schools, and private citizens.

The Cambridge Fire Fighters Basket Fund is organized by a seven-member committee and relies heavily on off duty fire department staff and other volunteers to help with donation pick-ups, food sorting, hamper packing, and distribution.

People can donate in a variety of ways to help support those most vulnerable in the community.

On Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., local firefighters and volunteers will be packing groceries at Zehrs at 200 Franklin Blvd. in Cambridge to collect cash donations to support the Basket Fund.

Food donations can also be dropped off at the Preston Memorial Auditorium from Dec. 12 to Dec. 15 from between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

To make a monetary donation, email cpffabasketfund@gmail.com

All other inquiries can be made to cpffabasketfund@gmail.com


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