Raising money for a fire department that just lost everything in a fire is a big job, said event organizer Shannon Stone.
Lawrenceville Fire Department lost everything in the equipment bays on July 27 when a fire broke out in one of the bays.
Among the losses was a $700,000 fire truck. Though insured, insurance will pay nowhere near the cost of a replacement truck.
“They are only getting $140,000 for it and that doesn’t include the hoses and apparatus on it,” Stone said.
“Reimbursement for another truck is only $500,000. All the gear is all gone, they have to start from scratch,” she said.
So far, community fundraisers and donations have raised more than $11,000, but much more is needed, Stone said.
Stone, applying to be a social member of the fire department, and her husband and family are fairly new to the community. She said she is all in with helping the department get back on its feet.
“Right now we are working in conjunction with Community Day Sept. 21,” Stone said.
“At that event, there will be a chance auction, a live auction with Randy Jelliff, and state Rep. Clint Owlett will be in the dunk booth. We also have a motorcycle run that day,” she added.
The control truck was at the fair, Saturday, Aug. 10 with T-shirts for sale and on Sept. 7, a chicken barbecue and a cornhole tournament are planned in Tioga.
“We also plan on having a couple booths at Tioga Old Home Day to sell T-shirts,” she added.
At Lawrenceville’s Community Day there will also be a pig roast, a car show, inflatable bounce houses, vendors and fireworks, fire trucks, a parade, a smoke house, Life Flight helicopter, live music and a DJ, Stone said.
“A lot of other people are doing things, too. The North Shore Boat Club is holding a barbecue cook-off and a car show, and we have other things going on too. After community days we are talking about a softball tournament and golf tournament in October,” she added.
All the donations are being deposited in a separate account, and according to Stone, “they are pouring in.”
“The first T-shirt drive that Cassie Hugic did raised $11,610. And we had a little boy in Westfield that sold Kool-aid for 50 cents a cup and made $150 and gave us the check at the meeting we had Thursday, Aug. 8,” Stone said.