Support “Care for Kids” and meet the West Pierce Firefighters!

West Pierce Fire and Rescue is having their first annual “Fill the Fire Engine” food and toiletry drive August 22, 2011 through August 26, 2011 to benefit Caring for Kids, a local non-profit in the Lakewood and  University Place area. Donations will be accepted  on those dates at the following three locations: West Pierce Station 31 located at: 3631 Drexler Drive W, Suite B University Place, WA, West Pierce Station 20 located at: 10928 Pacific Highway SW Lakewood, WA, Carr’s Restaurant located at: 11006 Bridgeport Way SW Lakewood, WA, and Lakebridge Forza located at: 10240 Bridgeport Way SW Lakewood, WA.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 4 pm to 7 pm there will be a “Fill the Fire Engine” event at the Lakewood Towne Center near Safeway grocery store. Attendees will be able to bring donations that may include, but are not limited to: non-perishable foods, fruit juice, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant. Attendees will also be able to tour the engine, and visit with the West Pierce firefighters. The “Fill the Fire Engine” Food and Toiletry drive is sponsored by West Pierce Fire and Rescue, Carrs Restaurant and bar, and Lakebridge Forza coffee shop.

Hallie Mc Curdy, Battalion Chief, at West Pierce Station 20 for 17 years, expressed what she feels about her job, “This is the best place to work in the world, it’s like a family coming every day to work with your brothers and sisters it’s a fun place to work. Pretty much everyone who works here is really nice, caring and very compassionate, and we all like to have fun…so we get along pretty well.” She feels the best thing about Station 20, “The people for sure they’re lots of fun very compassionate; the people here are like my brothers and sisters.”

When asked what many people may not know about Station 20, Hallie replied, “That our motto is to respond efficiently, execute flawlessly, and be nice.”

Hallie commented, “Caring for kids is a great organization that helps kids throughout the Lakewood and University Place communities. I think this is a great event a great partnership shows part of the community and we wanna do our part to help.”

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“Anybody who can afford to go out and buy some things to donate for the vent (food or toiletries) or have some lying around the house that they could bring those in,” Hallie concluded.