UNION COUNTY — A larger than expected turnout enabled Union County Fire & Rescue — with a little help from Santa Claus and “Marshall” from “Paw Patrol” — to raise more than $1,000.
On Saturday, Nov. 26, Union County Fire & Rescue gave the children of Union County the opportunity to have “Lunch with Santa and Marshall” at its station at 813 S. Duncan Bypass. The event enabled children to get their picture taken with Marshall, a member of the “Paw Patrol,” a team of canine emergency responders on the children’s cartoon series of the same name, and with Santa who they also got to tell their Christmas wishes to.
The children and their parents also got to have lunch during the event, dining on hot dogs grilled by Fire & Rescue members along with potato chips, soft drinks, and desserts.
Fire & Rescue Chief Kenneth Black said that the event was a fundraiser for the organization which he said had its funding cut by $10,000 by Union County Council two years ago. The funds raised by the event will be used to help finance the operations and equipment needs of Fire & Rescue.
While they were hoping for good turnout, Black said Friday that the turnout surpassed the group’s expectations, forcing them to get even more hot dogs to grill for the large number of children, parents, grandparents, and other family members that attended in order to have lunch together and, of course, meet and have their pictures taken with Marshall and Santa.
Black said that he did not have an exact headcount for the number of people there, but that at the end of the day Fire & Rescue had raised approximately $1,300.
“We thought this would be just another small fundraiser,” Black said. “We didn’t know it would be the size it has grown into.”
Black said Friday that with the success of last Saturday’s fundraiser, Fire & Rescue is planning to hold another fundraiser later this month, the date of which will be announced in the near future.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.