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Dyersburg firefighters complete food drive for Matthew 25:40

Friday, November 16, 2012

Members of Dyersburg Fire Fighters Association Local 2269 recently donated over 100 cases of food to Matthew 25:40. The food drive is the first of many projects the newly established organization hopes to initiate in the community. Furniture Gallery owner Reed Riley graciously agreed to allow his store to be the drop off point for food items. From left, Furniture Gallery owner Reed Riley, DFFA member Robert Kirby, DFFA Vice President Kevin Woods, DFFA members Barry Scobey, Jeremy McNutt and John Meeks, DFFA Secretary Alan Dunevant, DFFA President Jay Cryer and Matthew 25:40 Executive Director Amy McDonald.
A recent food drive by Dyersburg Fire Fighters Association Local 2269 kicked off both the season of giving and what members of the organization plan to be a long line of service projects in the community.

Members of the DFFA recently met at the Furniture Gallery to present over 100 cases of food to Matthew 25:40 Executive Director Amy McDonald. The group considers its first service project a great success.

"It was amazing, the generosity," said DFFA President Jay Cryer. "We had a lot of retired firefighters making donations and a lot of the firefighters gave over $100 worth of cans. We are here to help and want to get involved with the community as much as we can. We are basically just getting started."

"We are so grateful to organizations like the Fire Association for their support in what our agency accomplishes in our community," said McDonald. "We look forward to working with them for years to come. The items collected will be disbursed throughout the holiday season to families that struggle this time of year."

McDonald said the food items come at a pivotal time for local families. She hopes the drive encourages others to donate food items to pantries throughout the community during the upcoming holiday season and beyond.

"In October alone, we gave food to 216 individuals," said McDonald. "This monthly number is the highest that I have seen since becoming director in 2006. I am hoping that this is just a result of the redistribution date of food stamps in the month of October and not the start of a disheartening trend."

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