VIRGINIA BEACH -- It took less than three days to collect a truck full of supplies to help firefighters working to keep up with a serial arsonist.
More than 70 abandoned buildings in Accomack Co. have been set on fire since mid-November. While investigators try to find those responsible, volunteer firefighters are on the front lines.
Members of the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad decided they had to do something to help their fellow first responders, so they started a supply drive last Thursday.
By Monday, dish shop, energy bars and drinks and other items had been donated. On Tuesday, personnel packed the items in a truck and drove them to Parksley.
"It went really well," spokesman John Burkard told WVEC.com. "We really brightened their day!"
Burkard says the squad hopes to make several more trips, so continue to drop off needed items at the two Ocean Park stations - Station 1 at 3769 E Stratford Road and Station 22 at 2837 Shore Drive.
If you want to take a day trip and still help, head to the Eastern Shore on Friday for the 12-hour fundraiser at Island House Restaurant and Marina in Wachapreague.
From 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on March 30, cash donations and supplies will be accepted at the door. A portion of food and alcohol sales will be donated directly to Accomack County fire companies and there will be a live and silent auction as well.
1:00 p.m.: Begin accepting donations
5:00 p.m.: Specials start and run all night
9:00 p.m.: Live music begins