Each evening the streets of Gladstone came alive as a huge fire truck from the Gladstone volunteer Fire Department pulled into the parking lot. Gladstone's finest, representing the police and fire departments made more than just cameo appearances. Police officers went to work serving ice cream to happy customers, while firemen educated families on fire safety and had their pictures taken with ecstatic guests.
Neighborhood associations hung their banners and dropped off their gifts to the Gladstone Fired Department's "Toy and Canned Food Drive." Local talent came and provided music, balloon design, face painting and more.
Represented were members of the Gladstone High School Band, barber shop quartet The New History Minstrels, and characters from the video game HALO were in attendance in full armor.
Special guests participated as well - Police Chief Jim Pryde, Fire Marshall Michael Funk as well as the Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote, County Clerk Sherry Hall, and representatives from the school board, local chambers of commerce and other community leaders. Alpenrose Dairy contributed bicycles to the toy drive and Baskin Robbins Franchise Manager Kim Birkland was on hand to serve ice cream. Representatives from the Gladstone Youth Coalition and Angels in the Outfield also contributed time and effort to make the three-day event a huge success.
Even though the national Baskin Robbins Guest Appreciation Days had come to an end, packages and food boxes continued to arrive throughout the day on Friday. Saturday marked the finale at the Gladstone Fire Station, as Baskin Robbins franchise owner Steve Leitz handed off many boxes of toys and canned food to the Gladstone Fire Department.
When asked, "What's next?" Leitz replied, "Onto the next community event!"