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Firefighters collect food, deliver treats

Town of Superior residents who meet firefighters at the mailbox Saturday can walk away with a cool treat. Members of the Town of Superior Volunteer Fire Department will be handing out Culver’s coins, good for one free scoop of ice cream, as they collect food for Northwest Community Services Agency.

The second annual food drive begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and will cover both the town of Superior and village of Oliver. Firefighters will be collecting non-perishable food items, baby items like formula, baby food, diapers and wipes as well as hygiene products. Last year, the department collected more than 1,100 pounds of food.

"We did meet a few residents out on the drive, which was so nice to see our community involved," said firefighter Amy Fiegle. "Should we meet any again, we will have candy canes until they are gone." They also have 100 of the Culver’s coins for grabs.

The event offers a chance for firefighters to meet their neighbors and take a good look at the properties they may someday be called on to save.

"Driving the roads of our service areas really helps us learn the roads and the structures we have, being more proactive and knowing our town better," Fiegle said.

Department volunteers were surprised and grateful for last year’s bounty. They’re hoping to fill the fire trucks with food and supplies again this year.

"We decided to keep doing this to give back to the community," Fiegle said. "We hold fundraisers each year to build funds for equipment and training and this food drive was one of the ways we could give back to the community. This time of year is one time that people should not have to worry how they will feed their families. They should focus on spending time with loved ones."

The fire trucks will drive along the roads of the department’s service area to pick up donated items with flashing lights and honking horns. The vehicles will not be driven into driveways so donations should be handed to firefighters in person or left in plastic bags at the end of the driveway for pickup.

More information is available on the Town of Superior Vol Fire Facebook page.

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