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Firefighters collect for food bank

 

Christopher Andersson

Local parent Nikki Mirante, left, and son Noah Mirante, donate to Marysville firefighters, including firefighter Carl Lewis, right, who are collecting for the Marysville Community Food Bank on Dec. 1.

Marysville firefighters and their friends and family came out to the Marysville Safeway last week to help collect food for the Marysville Community Food Bank.

Members of the local firefighter union, Local 3219, participated in the annual food drive as a way to give back to the community and collected food daily from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. this year.

"It's great to get out into the community. This is one of the many things that Marysville firefighters and the fire district do together for the community," said Marysville firefighter Demico Rogers.

All of the cash donations and food donations go fully to the Marysville Community Food Bank.

Rogers said that local firefighters want to assist those who need a little extra help.

"We help a lot of these people. These are the clients we see everyday so it's great to be able to help them in their time of need," he said.

"That's what we do every day, that's what we signed up for, so it's really just an extension of our job," said Rogers.

Local Nikki Mirante said she donated to local firefighters "just to help people in need."

The annual food drive is something that local firefighters take a lot of pride in, said Rogers.

"We have different shifts come out each night and we try to get as much as we can. It becomes a competition between shifts, so whoever gets the most money and stuff kind of get bragging rights for the next year," he said.

This is the third year that Rogers has participated in the food drive with the Marysville firefighters and he said he enjoys interacting with the public that comes by.

"It doesn't matter what they pull up in or how much money it looks like someone has, everyone is willing to give," he said.

"You see people's true side. They always smile at you. They might be in a grumpy mood, but we always help put a smile on their face," said firefighter Carl Lewis.

Rogers said that it's good to see the community in new ways as well.

"We're always so serious on scenes, but this gives us time to relax and do something for the community that does so much for us," he said.

Many of the local firefighters bring their children, family or friends as well to help greet the families coming into the local Safeway, and are typically accompanied by a Santa as well.

"It's always great to see the smiles in the kids' faces and seeing them double take and asking if 'that's really Santa,'" said Rogers.

 

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