Delco firefighters raise funds for NJ firefighters

November 17, 2012 10:07:26 PM PST
Delaware County firefighters staged a fundraiser Saturday night to help their fellow fire companies in New Jersey who were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Car after car, person after person, load after load, people in Delaware County worked as a team to pack the trailer full of everyday essentials for New Jersey Sandy victims who lost everything.

"My husband said, 'That's a really good coat!' I said, 'Exactly, that's why we're not keeping it,'" said Kim Cilinski.

Kim Cilinski and her son Chet dropped off brand new coats.

Members of the Lenni Heights and Lima Fire Companies gladly accepted the generous donation as they hosted the county-wide collection.

"It's called a brotherhood and sisterhood for a reason," said Dan Williams. "No matter what happens, we're always there for each other."

"It could've happened anywhere. We were really lucky we got away as well off as we did," said Janet Maxwell.

A bonfire kept people warm as volunteers sorted through and sealed up donations.

Fire equipment like helmets and hoses are also being donated to the rescue crews hit hard in the storm.

"We've seen devastated stations where engines were wiped out," said Dan.

"It's heartbreaking to see that. Your heart goes out to the people," said Kim.

The life-saving equipment is crucial to continue emergency operations in New Jersey's storm-ravaged towns.

People in Delaware County are pitching in any way they can.

"Because I care, my family cares and we're one county helping one state," said Baron Belgrave.

The trailer will be hauled to New Jersey within the next week.

Monetary donations will be collected through next Friday through PayPal.

For information on how to donate, visit www.dcfrn.com. http://www.dcfrn.com./

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