According to a report from The Altoona Mirror, the Claysburg (PA) Volunteer Fire Company (CVFC) has raised about $260,000 from 125 donations in its efforts to purchase a new fire truck more than three months after its previous truck, a pumper, broke down.
The CVFC’s initial plan was to borrow $200,000 from the state, which would have resulted in a 25-year loan, but the enthusiastic response from the community resulted in the department not needing that much money after all.
Rich Allison, head of the CVFC’s Fire Truck Fund Committee, said that the money raised leaves the CVFC about $100,000 short of its goal of the $360,000 needed for the replacement truck, but the Claysburg community has far surpassed expectations throughout the fundraising efforts.
Since early January, the CVFC has been responding with a borrowed truck. Allison said it will take eight to nine months to receive the new vehicle.
The CVFC has gotten an incredible response from the the community during the fundraising effort, as businesses and residents have come together in support of the fire company.
Multiple businesses that did not wish to be named, donated amounts in the five-figures range, as much as $20,000, Allison said. The company even received a $50 donation from 10-year-old Isaiah Snyder, who collected cans to raise the money himself.