On June 3, the Lavaca Fire Department received a donation from the Wal-Mart Corporation. Fire Chief Steve Helms reported that the donation, through Walmart’s Disaster Relief Program, was in the form of an eGift Card valued at $500.
Lavaca firefighter Holly Hill, who is also an employee of Walmart, secured the grant for the fire station. When the flooding occurred, local departments were doing and giving all they could to take care of the citizens of Lavaca and the surrounding area. This donation will help replace and stock important cleaning items such as detergents, bleach, gloves, paper towels, and bottled water. With this grant, those products can be purchased at any Walmart or Sam’s Club
Chief Helms was praising all the departments, citizen volunteers, church groups, and other organizations for stepping in and helping. “I’ve never seen folks pull together like they did. They moved people out, fed people and filled sand bags! There were people filling sandbags that I had never met in my life!” Helms added, “I want to let Walmart and Sam’s Club know how deeply appreciated this grant is to us, especially in this hard time.” When asked if the department was in need of anything else, he joked, “More gift cards!”
Helms did report that the fire department had recruited five more volunteers, and that they always have room for more.