VIRGINIA BEACH - Donations for firefighters on the Eastern Shore have been pouring in - enough to pack up the first truckload at the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad stations in Va. Beach.
The drive started late last week for the volunteer firefighters in Accomack County who've spent four months responding fires that have burned 70+ vacant buildings.
"We have had a surge of water, Gatorade and Dawn dish soap for cleaning the fire hoses," said spokesman John Burkard.
He was particularly touched by Sloan, a 13-year-old girl who saw the 13News report on the drive and celebrated her birthday over the weekend by asking for donations instead of presents. She and her family dropped off the items at the First Landing Fire and EMS station.
We love what she did and really appreciate her interest and spirit of volunteerism, he said.
Burkard says the collected so far will be packed Tuesday night and then will be driven to Parksley.
The donation drive isn't over. Burkard says items like napkins, coffee, sugar packets, nondairy-creamer, coffee filters, paper-towels, Styrofoam insulated cups and energy/protein/granola bars are particularly needed.
"We can not thank you enough. The outpouring of support has been tremendous," Burkard added.
Donations can be dropped off at Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Station 1 at 3769 E Stratford Road and Station 22 at 2837 Shore Drive. For more information, go to the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Facebook page.