JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from the Jones County Fire Council.
One of Jones County's Volunteer Fire Departments has gone above and beyond in its community outreach over this past week.
Saturday, Dec. 10, Calhoun firefighters kicked off the day by holding a canned food drive, appropriately dubbed "Stuff A Truck," at a Dollar General on Indian Springs Road to collect needed goods to distribute to folks around the county that otherwise would not be able obtain themselves. Working in partnership with surrounding churches, Calhoun VFD firefighters braved the early-morning cold air to serve their community.
Following the canned food drive that same day, Calhoun VFD hosted their second-annual "Shop With A Firefighter" event. This outreach granted six underprivileged children the opportunity of a lifetime.
Starting off at Calhoun fire station, the children were escorted in a limo by fire apparatus and the Jones County Sheriff's Department to Walmart in Laurel. Each child was given a $250 gift card to spend as they please, as they were escorted around the store by their own, personal firefighter. The kids loaded up on every thing from toys to books to clothes, and walked out with smiles and laughter.
Upon leaving Walmart, the children were again escorted in the limo by fire apparatus and, this time, Laurel Police Department, to Sawmill Square Mall to enjoy a free Chick-Fil-A lunch and two hours at Zoofari Kidz Indoor Play. As the day concluded, the children were taken by limo back to Calhoun fire station, snapped some photos with firefighters and parents, and left with gifts and memories.
Sunday, Dec. 11, Calhoun volunteers hosted another canned food drive at a Dollar General off of Highway 11 South. However, their day was cut short as their duty to serve was put into action when a call for a fire came through.
Saturday, Dec. 17, Calhoun VFD hosted "Breakfast With Santa" at Life Church on Highway 84 West. At this event, children had the opportunity to be photographed with Santa, and then have breakfast in the church gym with several Calhoun firefighters. This outreach event helped raise money for next year's "Shop With A Firefighter."
All in all, Calhoun Volunteer Fire Department did an awesome job of reaching out the community this year, as Christmas edges ever closer, and the joy brought to both the children and those that will receive the canned goods has left a lasting impression on all that were involved.