Leaner year under Covid; fundraisers were canceled
HAWLEY – The Hawley Fire Department’s Annual Letter Drive got underway on July 6 when 600 letters were mailed to residents and businesses served by the Hawley Fire Department. A goal of $20,000 has been set for this years letter drive and will be used to cover operating expenses.
“The letter drive is important to the Hawley Fire Department more this year than ever due to the Covid 19 Virus that forced us to cancel our normal fundraisers this year, as it raises approximately 20% of our yearly budget,” according to Wendy Krause, Letter Drive Chairman.
Their spring and fall flea markets and model train show & sales were called off for 2020.
The letter drive is currently lagging behind by about $4,000.00 and a second reminder letter has been mailed out to businesses and residents who have not made a donation.
“…We do understand that times are tough for some people and we do understand that some people may not be able to afford to donate this year,” Krause said.
The Hawley Fire Department operates four front-line pieces of equipment: a 1991 KME 1250-gpm engine, 2006 KME 2500-Gallon Tanker, a 1993 KME Rescue Truck with hydraulic rescue tools and lifting bags, and a 2019 Brush Truck.
The Hawley Fire Department serves Hawley Borough, Palmyra Township (Wayne County), Palmyra Township Pike County (Cromwelltown), bordering Lackawaxen Township, and mutual aid to other emergency services in Wayne and Pike Counties.
Krause said that the fire company would like to thank those that have contributed to the drive so far. Anyone wishing to make a contribution and did not receive a letter can mail it to: Hawley Fire Dept., Inc., P.O. Box 61, Hawley, PA 18428.
They are now selling 911 Reflective Address signs for homes and businesses, they can be purchased at $20.00 by calling the firehouse at 570-226-9820.
Hawley Fire Department meets at the firehouse on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. and new members are always welcome.
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