Many of the people in Hayesville/ Clay County NC have been interested in helping the firefighters. Here is an email that I received that I wanted to pass along to those who are interested....
“Clay County residents have been asking what they can do to help and show appreciation to the hundreds of U.S. and N.C. Forest Service firefighters who have come to our area to fight and control the massive outbreak of wildfires. Firefighters say they have everything they need at this point, but local resident Pat Margo came up with another idea to show our support.
He is coordinating efforts to purchase souvenir T-shirts so these men and women will know how much the communities appreciate their efforts.
Margo, a former fireman in West Palm Beach, Fla. said he got the idea after one of the Forest Service firefighters contacted him via Facebook. The firefighter, also from Palm Beach, wanted to know where he could get T-shirts made for about 300 personnel involved in the local wildfires. After he directed the man to Hogsed’s Sportswear, Margo said it occurred to him this would be a good way for the community to get involved and leave a lasting impression.
“Since everybody wants to help, I thought this is something we can all get behind,” Margo said.
Those who would like to pitch in on the souvenir fireman T-shirt project can drop off donations at the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, Hogsed’s Sportswear or Clay County Progress office.
Cost of each shirt is $15 and Hogsed’s is waiving the sales tax fee. If donating by check, make it payable to Hogsed’s Sportswear. Eric Hogsed is working with the Forest Service on obtaining sizes and logo set up.
“They did not ask for help buying the shirts,” Margo said. “And it’s not a really big thing, but I thought we could buy them a T-shirt since this is something they want and something they will remembers us by.”
On a somewhat related note, according to County Director Ed Reams, the Clay County Realtors as a group are making a $450 donation to the Shooting Creek Volunteer Fire Department, as well as a $450 donation to the Clay County Sheriff’s Auxiliary. These funds have been allocated by the Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors to Clay County.