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Cash, building given to 356 fire department
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TRINITY – A check for $7,128 and a portable building were presented to the 356 Volunteer Fire Department last week by officials with Brookshire Brothers. The money was collected at Brookshire Brothers stores over a two-week period as part of a Fire Relief Fund. Customers were asked donate to the fund. “We have had unbelievable support from our customers in our effort to do something to help the firefighters out there. We even collected donations from folks outside of East Texas that just wanted to offer help in some small way,” said Emily Watts, director of public relations for the grocery store company. The 356 VFD in the Carlisle community lost its fire station and all of its equipment in a fire on July 17 and is now in the process of rebuilding. “With no insurance and losses of $400,000 we couldn’t think of a more deserving recipient of these funds,” Watts added. “This monetary donation should be a big help to them as they begin rebuilding their building.” While the rebuilding work is underway, Brookshire Brothers made another donation that will at least give the department shelter and a place to call home. The VFD was given a Tobacco Barn portable building that was located at the Trinity store location. Phil Metzinger, vice president of tobacco and specialty beverage said, “I cannot think of a better place for this building to go. These folks are putting their lives on the line to protect us and our property. It’s our privilege to help them get back on their feet.” In addition to the donation to the 356 VFD, Brookshire Brothers has delivered hundreds of pallets of water, ice and Gatorade to firefighters in several locations throughout the region where wildfires were raging. The customer donations to the Fire Relief Fund were made in $5 increments at the checkout lanes in the grocery stores. This was one way that individuals could make a donation and help those firefighters out fighting the flames day after day.