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Local Rural/Metro FD crews fundraise for families in need


CAVE CREEK – The Rural/Metro Fire Department Carefree and Cave Creek crews have been working hard to make sure that local families in need have a happy holiday.

“Our crews in Carefree/Cave Creek continue to grow their annual programs and raise money, toys, and food for those in need,” noted Rural/Metro public information officer Colin Williams. “Crews in Carefree/Cave Creek collected over 604 pounds of food and $1,057 in cash for the Foothills Food Bank in advance of Thanksgiving. Since Thanksgiving, firefighters have been working in partnership with the local Walmart to collect cash and toys. Thus far, over $9,000 in cash and huge amount of toys have been collected.”

Many of the collected items have been donated to the children of the Buffalo Chip employees; these families suffered a reduction of income after the Buffalo Chip burned down. All those children, which the Fire Chief said represented “hundreds of children,” have been supplied with collected items.

The remaining collected toys will be distributed to a variety of community and faith based organizations in the Carefree and Cave Creek area. The Foothills Food Bank is the distribution point for these toys.

“Rural/Metro Fire Department is proud to serve Carefree and Cave Creek, and we greatly appreciate the communities’ generosity,” Williams said.