Local firefighters helped raised cans with the Fired Up Food Drive, a friendly competition between the city and county fire departments; the city brought in more than 24,000 non-perishable items, and the county collected more than 17,000.
Although the city won, VAC director Stacy long said the main theme of the competition was that the departments worked together to help fight hunger in Gordon County.
“They did a tremendous job with can collection at the various fire departments and even picked up cans from local schools and delivered and unloaded food at the VAC,” she said.
The food raised will help provide support to more than 10,000 individuals in Gordon County annually through the VAC, Long said.
Many of the individuals and families who receive food are homeless or without electricity, creating difficulties for their ability to prepare food, she explained. All donations ready-to-eat items such as peanut butter, breakfast bars, crackers, canned meats and anything that can be eaten by anyone with an immediate need.
Both Gordon County and Calhoun City Fire Departments also came to the VAC to help out with Toy Distribution Day Dec. 15. Firefighters from both fire departments worked together to help the VAC distribute toys to more than 300 of the almost 1,200 children who were provided Christmas assistance through the nonprofit in conjunction with the City and County schools.
“We are very grateful to our firefighters both city and county,” said Long. “Not only for the assistance they provide to our community every day through their jobs, but for the kindness they exhibit in giving back to the community they serve.”