Oswego residents in need of a smoke detector need to look no further!
With the help of Eagle Beverage and Raby’s Ace Home Center, the Oswego Fire Department is offering free smoke detectors to owner-occupied residences in need.
“This program is an outstanding example of people helping people,” said Jeff McCrobie, Oswego fire chief.
Eagle Beverage kicked off its “Paint the Town Black” fund-raiser in early March, selling Guinness Firefighter Helmets at more than 40 taverns, restaurants, and convenience stores in Jefferson and Oswego counties.
All the money raised was matched dollar for dollar by Eagle Beverage and passed along to local fire departments in the area.
The Oswego Fire Department was given a check for $934 dollars. The department will use the money to help buy smoke detectors.
“The association chose to purchase smoke detectors for local residents in need with the money donated and contacted Raby’s, who donated 100 detectors,” said John Geraci, president of the Oswego Fire Fighters Association. “Raby’s was also generous enough to provide other detectors at a reduced price.”
“We are so glad to see the money raised with the generosity of the community put to good use,” said Dan Dorsey, Jr. co-owner of Eagle Beverage. “Being that this was the first year we did the fund-raiser and having such a positive turn out, we are looking forward to next year and raising more money to give back to the local fire departments. “
Those seeking more information on this program may call the Oswego Fire Department at 343-2161.
Members of the Oswego Firefighter’s Association Local #2707 have once again teamed up with other businesses in the community to support this holiday season’s US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program in Oswego, according to local Toys for Tots Coordinator Chris Jones.
“We really appreciate the support of the Oswego firefighters, who continue to display their tremendous act of kindness,” said Jones. “Knowing that we have bettered the Christmas experience for families in need all across our community is what motivates our ongoing partnership.”
According to Jones, the Oswego firefighters have gathered and donated hundreds of toys for families over the past years.
“It’s a great feeling to be back again this year in support of the annual Toys for Tots program,” said Lt. Brooks Hourigan of the Oswego Firefighter’s Association Local #2707. “We highly value the connection to our community and see this as a great way to give back to the people who are in need the most.”
Members of the Oswego Fire Department will escort Santa and be on hand for this weekend’s fourth annual Toys for Tots Day of Sharing benefit, which will be held today, Nov. 24 beginning at noon at the new Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, adjacent to the Best Western Captain’s Quarters at 26 E. First St., Oswego.
Santa Claus will arrive at 2 p.m. for children to have their picture taken with for free when a contribution is made to the Toys for Tots drop box at the event.