Newport Firefighters Collect $5,000 Worth of Food for Students

The Newport firefighters union collected $5,000 worth of food items for Newport Intermediate School's Power Pack program.

The program provides disadvantaged kids with food that can be easily prepared to eat on the weekends and holidays.

Newport Firefighters Local 45, part of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), collected donations by distributing flyers at the entrance of the Kroger location at the Newport Pavilion. Generous shoppers then bought and donated items as they left the store.

“As the need for assistance grows in Newport, Local 45 feels the need to interact more within our community,” said Jake Silvati, union president. “In some instances, these requests for help could be determined as a need for an emergency response, and who better to respond than us? The children are our future and anything we can do to brighten their future only brightens ours.

“We are extremely thankful and grateful for all the donations and support we have received and continue to receive. Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 I.A.F.F.’s involvement would simply not be possible without the continuous support of the businesses and individuals in our local communities.”

Local 45 IAFF stated that it will continue its partnership with Newport Intermediate by hosting this food drive bi-annually to help the school meet its Power Pack needs. One collection will be held in August when school starts, and the other in February after the holiday break.

Both food drives will be held at the Kroger Marketplace located at the Newport Pavilion.

-Staff report

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