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By Max Erikson

Nothing to (fire) alarmed about Sunday


December 6, 2017

On Sunday, Dec. 10, if you hear fire trucks blaring their sirens through the city, don’t be alarmed. It is just the annual food drive sponsored by the Goldendale Junior Community Chamber (GJCC)—formally the Jaycees—running from 1-3 p.m.

Four different teams of fire trucks with GJCC volunteers will traverse Goldendale—in different sections of town—looking for brown paper bags filled with non-perishable food items set out on the side of the street or sitting on peoples’ porches.

Elaynna James of the GJCC says that the fire trucks will do their best not to miss anyone.

“We will go all over the city looking for those brown bags filled with food,” James says. “And if we miss your stop you can always call us to come back for it.”

All food collected for the drive will go the Goldendale Food Bank to help needy families and individuals have plenty of food for the holiday season.

Special accommodations can be made for households that are unable to bring the food bags to the curb and volunteers can meet you right to the door to pick up your donation.

To schedule a pick up at the door call the Rural 7 Fire Department at 773-4246 Ext. 1. The Fire Department dispatch number will also be taking calls. That number is 773-4545

Food donations and monetary donations can also be dropped off at Riverview Community Bank located at 412 S Columbus. The bank has pledged to match everything that is brought in and those donations also go to the Goldendale Food Bank.

The Jaycees changed their name to the Goldendale Junior Community Chamber (GJCC) two months ago and now are in the process of expanding the organization by applying for a 501 (c) 3 non-profit status. Having that status will allow the GJCC to offer more scholarships and more money to students in the greater Goldendale area.

Scholarships help needy students with fees associated with participating in sports and gives students an opportunity to explore different extracurricular activities that they can participate in.

“We are hoping to have multiple scholarships to hand out next year,” James says. “We normally give out $500 in scholarships each year and our goal now is $5,000 which will help a lot of kids.”


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