Local firefighters help non-profit brighten up the holiday season for families in need

FLORENCE, Alabama – It’s that time of year when families shop for toys and gifts cheaply. But sometimes these gifts are hard to find. There is no doubt that this year has been difficult for so many families. More than ever, it is the year of giving.

Recognizing the great need of struggling families in the shallows during the holidays, the Firenze Union of Firemen has stepped up this year by making t-shirts, selling them and donating the profits to a non-profit organization. local.

“We have so many people in need in this region. Either they lost their jobs or they fell through hard times, ”explains Kimberly Wright, president of the William Porter Foundation in Florence.

Wright knows all too well the struggle to make ends meet for some families in his community. The William Porter Foundation has been helping families in need in Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin counties since 2004.

“But it has become so much more and it has grown from where we started. Now we help about 400 to 800 children every Christmas.

The donation of toys from local stores, agencies and the community has been a blessing. Each family enters Florence’s First Baptist Church and its stores for free.

Florence Local 270 Fire Union decided to help with a t-shirt fundraiser. In less than a week, 400 t-shirts were sold.

“We have a lot of schools with the fire department. We see some of these children every day and some are in need and we are happy to help, ”said Bentley Sharp union representative.

“We live in a truly generous community. A very helpful community and they all come together to make sure the need is met.

The t-shirts are available at any fire station in town or can be ordered online through the foundation’s Facebook page.

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