Jacksonville firemen help those going through chemo
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When they weren’t protecting the public in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jacksonville firefighters were out selling t-shirts to benefit Venecia’s Foundation. Venecia Butler of Piedmont has gone through cancer four times. The firemen raised $732 to help purchase items to fill comfort bags for those who are going through chemo.

David Bell, president of Jacksonville Professional Firefighters Association Local 3948, said he and his fellow firemen like to help their town.

“We want to become more active in our community and pay it forward,” he said. “It’s an extension of what we already do. We work in Jacksonville, and many of us live here.”

Bell said it’s their job to protect citizens, but they want to do more.

Firefighters are conducting a canned food drive in conjunction with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Cans of food can be dropped off at the fire station or at the community center.

Last month firemen worked in the mill village, and they have some ideas for the spring.

Butler said there are still 150 cancer patients who haven’t received comfort bags.

“We’re making an effort to get them to these patients before Christmas,” she said.

Items for the bags can be dropped off in Piedmont at the rescue squad or at the office of Dr. Ben Ingram. Those in Jacksonville who would like to donate items can call Butler at 452-5145 or mail monetary donations to Venecia’s Foundation, P. O. Box 572, Piedmont 36272.

Items in the bags include crossword puzzles, search-a-word, Sudoku, chapstick, lubricant eye drops, sugar free gum and peppermints, Lubriderm lotion, neck wrap, travel pillow, Dr. Sholl’s hydrating socks and pocket size tissue.
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