Washington County Emergency Medical Services, Chipley Fire Department, Northwest Florida Community Hospital and Washington County employees came together in an effort to raise money for underprivileged children in a ‘Toys For Tots’ fundraiser on Thursday, November 29, and by all accounts, the effort was a huge success.
‘We started cooking on Thursday and some of my people actually stayed all night long’, commented Randy Truett, Washington County EMS Director, ‘and we have not been able to slow down since we started serving today. We had a lot of preorders for deliveries, but almost three times that many people showed up to buy lunch’.
The plan was to smoke and serve Boston butts and barbeque sandwich plates, with the resulting revenues going to purchase presents for a number of children currently under foster care or protective service conditions with the Department of Children and Families and Anchorage Children’s Home.
‘These kids will simply not have a Christmas unless someone steps up,’ says Truett, ‘and we had an outpouring of money and labor to make this happen. We did this regularly in the past and it sort of went away but this year Seamus O’Neil and a few others decided to not only get it back on track, but to kick it up a notch’.
Cash contributions are still being accepted and if you would like to get involved contact Seamus O’Neil or Randy Truett at Washington County EMS at 850-638-9162.