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Volunteer Firefighters brighten holidays for Caughman Road school

Staff at CFD Station 30 definitely demonstrated the spirit of giving in December by making a huge donation to help students in need at a Richland County school. 

On December 21, 2018 Engine 30 arrived at Caughman Road Elementary School. Firefighters at the station unloaded a truckload of water, snacks and small holiday gifts.

All of those items went straight into the school’s food pantry where they will be distributed to students in need.

The drop-off happened as the entire school was holding a final assembly before the holiday recess.

“The Columbia Fire Department has decided to donate and adopt your school for this year,” Volunteer Firefighter Will Salazar told the kids, “so we’ve got a lot of donations school supplies, food that you guys will be able to use for yourselves in your classrooms and around your community so we thank you for being our future leaders and we thank you for being here today.”

Salazar and other volunteer members at Station 30 were able to fund the donation by applying for and obtaining a $1,200 grant from Wal-Mart.

Columbia Richland Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins accompanied the firefighters as they went shopping for items on December 17, 2018. He and other members of CFD’s command staff were also on hand for the donation drop-off at the school.