LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A donation of collectible dolls to the Powers Volunteer Fire & Rescue is being hailed as "incredible" by volunteer firefighters and medical first responders with the department.
The family of Mrs. Bobbie Thompson, who passed away on August 8, 2015, contacted Powers Volunteer Fire & Rescue about making a donation of collectible dolls to the department in October.
Over the past thirty plus years, Mrs. Thompson had collected mainly porcelain dolls which she displayed in the family home in the Powers Community, according to a news release.
Powers Medical First Responders had responded to medical calls at the home where she and her husband Charles lived and developed a friendship with the Thompson's during those medical responses.
The Thompson's daughter, Kim Buklew, said the family wanted to make the donation of collectible dolls to Powers with the intent that they be sold to help generate funds for the purchase of needed medical equipment for the department.
The collection of over 150 collectible dolls, many with original certificates of authenticity, have been set up on display and are for sale at Peddlers' Junktion located at 604 Carroll Gartin Blvd. in Laurel.
Powers Volunteer Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Joey Davis commented, "This is certainly the most unique donation we have ever received and one that obviously meant a great deal to Mrs. Thompson and her family." He continues, "Our department is exceedingly grateful to the Thompson family for this donation and the proceeds from the sale of the doll collection will be used to purchase supplies and equipment needed by our medical first responders who respond to medical emergencies in the Powers Community."
Peddlers' Junktion is open Tuesday thru Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Anyone interested in purchasing some, part or all of the doll collection is encouraged to go by Peddlers' Junktion or call the store at 601-342-2278.