By Kierra Pixler, Managing Editor
Belton Fire Corps teamed up with Wheels Family Skating Center on Thursday, December 6, for a fundraising event. From 6 to 8 p.m., all ticket sales benefitted the Belton Fire Corps, as they raised money for the Belton Fire Department’s annual Santa Pal program.
In regards to the program, Vice President of the Fire Corps, DeShon Williams said, “We are doing gift cards for our families this year from Walmart, and so those funds will go with all the other funds that we’ve raised, and then on December 15, those gift cards will be given to the families.”
Fire Corps members were present that evening with a table set up to sell merchandise, talk with any interested parties and give away certain free items. Along with the regular games held at Wheels Family Skating Center, raffles also went on throughout the night.
Due to logistical problems this year, plans had to be altered for the Santa Pal program. “This year,” Williams said, “we kind of had to be flexible and come up with a different way of still taking care of our Belton families.”
Normally, for the program, families donate toys to the Fire Corps, who then distribute them among the community. “Well, this year,” Williams said. “We just didn’t have the logistic resources this year to pull that off. But we still wanted to take care of the families, so we came up with the idea of the gift cards.”
The Fire Corps supports the Belton Fire Department in many different ways. According to Williams, their original mission was to specifically aid the firemen when on the fire scene. That has evolved now.
“It broke out into other things,” Williams said. “So we do a lot of PR events in the community. We are a chamber of commerce in Belton member, and we support our community along with the fire department.”
Tami Bliven, Administrative Assistant for the Fire Department, was also present at the event. “Well, especially during the holiday season, they’re a big help,” Bliven said in regards to the Fire Corps. “They do our Santa Pal program. They just take care of a lot of the odds and ends, a lot of the administrative part that I really don’t have time to do.”
According to DeShon Williams, Wheels Family Skating Center provided the perfect, family atmosphere for this fundraising event. For those interested in learning more about the Fire Corps, more information can be found on their Facebook page.