After hearing about a firehouse in Detroit that was in need of basic supplies, Jeff Selik came to assist.
The owner of Hillside Furniture in Bloomfield Hills donated $25,000 worth of furniture to Detroit Firehouse Engine Co. 33 Ladder 13 on the city’s southwest side. Last Friday, a truck filled with tables, chairs, fold-out beds and other supplies rolled up to the station to make a delivery.
“I know it’s just one firehouse, but it’s a start,” Selik said. “These guys are true heroes. They put their life on the line every time they respond to a call.”
The station itself is over 100 years old and most of the furniture had been handed down several times. In one of the offices, a door was put on its side to serve as a makeshift desk.
Now, the offices have new desks and chairs. The dining room has a new oak table with eight new chairs. An old locker room was converted into a rec room, complete with recliners and a 50-inch television set that was donated by Costco.
After being involved with a NextGen event called “Pitch for Detroit” last August, Selik learned about the firehouse’s needs. The station was in need of small items like cleaning supplies and toilet paper, and larger ones like a new freezer and refrigerator.
NextGen is a division of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Each year, the group organizes a fundraiser to help out a specific organization or cause in the greater Detroit area.
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