Sam Saibini

~Sam Saibini Food Basket Project~
Sam Sabini inn 1988

    It was in 1932 that the late Sam Saibini joined the Reno Fire Department as a firefighter, and asked the captains at each of the Reno fire stations to help him provide Christmas dinners for families in need, with firefighters donating $1.00 each to help purchase food. Saibini, who retired in 1968 as a battalion chief, later said the program started during the Depression when people were tearing down fences just to obtain wood to burn for heat. During that period, Reno firefighters also began to purchase supplies of wood and coal for distribution to local families, which were stored in a back storeroom with the food supplies at the old Central Fire Station at the corner of Commercial Row and West Street.

    The program, traditionally known as the Sam Saibini Christmas Basket Project, has grown over the years with primary funding solely by members of the Reno Fire Department, and the donation of support and services of several local businesses that have learned about the program. Families are selected for the program through referrals from a number of community-based organizations and agencies.

    The Sam Saibini Project is generally funded by Firefighters and their families with both monetary donations and by volunteering hundreds of man hours to accomplish our goal of a minimum of 250 baskets assembled and delivered to local families in need.

    Donations are accepted year round at any Reno Fire Department Firehouse and can be made by cash or check. 100% of all donations go directly to the purchase of our food baskets.

    In order to coordinate with other charitable organizations providing assistance during the holidays, the Sam Saibini Food Basket Project works closely with our local Salvation Army to identify families in need. If you know of a family in need of a Sam Saibini Food Basket, please contact the Salvation Army to nominate them. Be sure to mention the Sam Saibini Food Basket Project.

Thank You,
Sam Saibini Board Members

~Board Members~

Operator Dan Freshman
Firefighter Jana Maas

Sam Saibini
Written by Captain John Wagner
The History of Sam Saibini
Chief Sam Saibini

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 9:03



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