Donations, Items Being Collected To Help 17 Firemen Diagnosed With COVID
The Clayton community is working together to help the Clayton Fire Department and their families battling COVID-19. The department has 41 full-time firefighters. Seventeen of those firemen have been diagnosed with COVID including the spouse of a firefighter. As of this afternoon, four firefighters are in the COVID wing at Johnston Health in Smithfield plus one of their spouses.
According to the Clayton Firefighter’s Association there has been an outpouring of concern from the community including many who want to donate or do some something to help the fire department.
First Citizens Bank of Clayton has established an online link for monetary donations. The donations will assist with medical bills, gas to and from the hospital, and everyday expenses while they are out of work and recovering. All money collected will be going directly to the families.
If you wish to donate items or gift cards, Clayton High School under the direction of Principal Dr. Bennett Jones will be a collection site. Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25th, items can be dropped off at the school gymnasium between 8:00-10:00am and 1:00pm-3:00pm Monday through Friday. Signs will be posted on campus. Items can be placed on carts to be wheeled into the school and detoxed before distribution, a set-up the school has already been using to detox school supplies.
Also, checks can be mailed to the Clayton Firefighters Association, Post Office Box 155, Clayton, NC 27528.
“The overwhelming well-wishes have already meant so much to our fire family, but anything you can give at this difficult is very much appreciated,” according to a post from the Clayton Firefighter’s Association.