Chili meal raises funds to buy 15 pet oxygen masks
Pet oxygen masks will soon be on their way to local fire departments after a successful chili fundraiser.
GROWL, a local animal rescue organization, sponsored a Chili Extravaganza on Jan. 25 at the Williston Fire Department. Through donations and plates sold during lunch and supper, the event raised enough money to purchase 15 masks, which will be given to all 11 Barnwell County fire departments, as well as the fire coordinator’s vehicle and a few fire chief vehicles.
“This community has always come together to support us. This event was no different,” said Williston native Dawn Pennington with GROWL.
She thanked everyone who donated, the current and past town leaders, the Williston Police Department, the business owners who helped, the hands-on volunteers, the Williston and Elko fire departments, the monetary donors and everyone who spread the word and attended with friends and family. “It couldn’t happen without such an amazing team,” she said. “You guys make this community that we all cherish.”
Pennington said they saw many reunions occur during the fundraiser as friends sat down to eat. Some had not seen one another in 20-plus years. “It was so amazing to see friends and neighbors connecting and eating together,” she said.
A delivery service was available to those placing large orders, including Williston School District 29 employees.
In addition to those who bought meals, Pennington is also appreciative to those who made monetary donations, including the Allendale Rescue Squad where Williston native Chris Atkins works.
The pet oxygen masks should be distributed in March to the departments.