This holiday season the Ellendale Fire Company is helping out local, less fortunate individuals one family at at time. Aaron Moore, a long-time firefighter and officer at the Ellendale Fire Co. Inc., led the charge this year helping a needy family from the Ellendale area, assisting them with Christmas.
An annual occasion, the fire company provides some basic items, purchasing clothes, food, toys heating fuel and even assisting with transportation of sick children back and forth to AI DuPont Hospital for Children outside Wilmington.
“Generally people only call on the fire department when there is a negative situation, this program allows us to be proactive and reach out to our community in a positive way,” commented Moore. “This experience over the years has been a great way to spread goodwill in our community.”
This year the organization authorized approximately $500 to bring joy to one family in the Ellendale area just in time for Christmas. The family is a mother and father with four children, one of which has severe asthmatic problems. Beyond grateful, the family was provided with clothing for the cold winter and toys for the children to enjoy on Christmas morning.
“This means a lot to our family,” commented the mother. “Without the Ellendale Fire company, we would not have too much of anything. We are so thankful from the bottom of our hearts.”
Moore, a firefighter of the Ellendale company since 1998, states that this program has been an annual cause since 2000 as the organization adopts one family each year. While usually calling several churches in search of a family in need, Moore admits that there was unfortunately no problem finding a family this year as they had to make the difficult choice between several local families in need.
“It is nice to be able to give back,” said Moore. “Most of our funding comes from local sources so we want to thank them by giving back to those that live here. Through this outreach we hope to encourage others to help their neighbors in need.”
The Ellendale Vol. Fire Co. was established in May of 1920 by the Ellendale Town Council and organized April 15, 1921 with President Joshua A. Ellegood.The Ellendale Vol. Fire Co. serves an area of approximately 60+ square miles and provides protection to over 12,000 residents. Along with serving the town of Ellendale, the department serves Lincoln, Cedar Creek, Federalsburg, Slaughter Neck, Cedar Corners, Jefferson Crossroads, Oakley, Redden, and Anderson Crossroads among other areas. The department also provides automatic mutual aid response on working structure fires and box alarms to the towns of Georgetown, Milton, Greenwood, Slaughter Beach, and Milford. At this time the department has 85 members operating three engines, three tankers, a pumper/rescue, two brush units, two BLS ambulances, a utility unit and a command vehicle.