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Williamsburg residents should not be alarmed if firefighters appear at their doors this month.
The Williamburg Volunteer Fire Department, which works in conjunction with the city’s fire department, will be going door-to-door to raise funds for new equipment during the month of April.
The annual fundraising drive has been a part of the department for at least 45 years, President Lesslie Hall said.
He called the fundraiser the “bread and butter” money that will be used to fund equipment to help firefighters breathe easier while fighting a place. The funds will also go toward the purchase of new essential gear, such as boots, helmets and coats.
Volunteer firefighters will be in full uniform from 5:15 p.m. to dark during the week and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoons handing out letters with self-addressed return envelopes encouraging City of Williamsburg residents to donate to their department.
“We prefer the personalized, face-to-face concept,” Hall said, explaining it takes about three to four weeks to cover the entire city.
Last year, they raised about $42,000, and this year they are shooting for at least $45,000.
Citizens can also donate online through Paypal.
The volunteer fire department, which was founded in 1754, is a nonprofit organization, and any contribution is tax-deductible.
For more information on the volunteer fire department and for questions about the fundraiser, contact the WVFD Administration Office at 757-259-3799.