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First Responder Fundraiser Nets $1,800

By Staff | Jul 20, 2016

Photo by Chad Turner First Responder Tim Pugh, along with Kayla Robinson, fry up some hamburgers to sell for “Shop With A First Responder.”

New Martinsville’s 7-Eleven, in coordination with several other entities, held a cookout fundraiser July 11 for the area’s “Shop With A First Responder.” The event was held as part of 7-Eleven’s “7-Eleven Day” festivities.

Several items were raffled off, including a large toolbox from New Martinsville’s Ace Hardware and a full auto detail package, from TW Auto Detailing. A 50/50 drawing was also held. Proceeds from these raffles and drawings went toward “Shop With A First Responder.”

Employees from the 7-Eleven brought much of their own food to supply the cookout, such as pasta salads, baked beans, and cookies. Area first responders took time to interact with the community, as well as grill hamburgers to sell for funds.

Many local businesses made donations such as Koolaids Family Pizza in Sistersville, Utz Potato Chips, and other companies who wish to remain anonymous.

There were games and activities for the kids, including bubble making with Danny Westfall and free slurpees.

The fundraiser raised $1,800 dollars which will help make several boys and girls’ holidays a bit brighter.

“The state has been hurting in the recent weeks; with us coming out and raising $1,800, it shows how strong this state really is,” First Responder Tim Pugh said.

The purpose of “Shop With A First Responder” is to help needy children during the holiday season, as well as foster positive relationships between youth and officers and first responders. Kids, grades kindergarten through sixth grade, are selected each year during the holiday season to shop at area local stores to purchase gifts for themselves, as well as possibly their immediate family, if the child chooses to do such.

Approximately one to two children are assigned to the first responder, who then escorts the child around the store and assists the child in purchasing gifts.