All donations to volunteers are important

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, June 27, 2012

When the Molter family donated four fireman’s jackets to the Coal Grove Volunteer Fire Department, it could have easily been written off as a nice gesture that doesn’t really mean that much.

In fact, it means a lot.

This generous donation was simply about a family that wanted to do its small part to express appreciation for a group of volunteers who often go above and beyond the call of duty.

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Many residents take the county’s volunteer fire departments for granted and think that what they pay on property tax levies for fire departments absolves them of any other commitments.

In reality these departments are almost all underfunded and understaffed, all with men and women who make significant personal sacrifices to protect their communities.

Going that extra mile to show support and appreciation is always a welcome gesture.

If all the citizens of communities that rely on volunteer departments did just a little more, these organizations would be much stronger.

Although the departments are always in need of more volunteers to physically answer the call when a fire breaks out, there are other ways you can make a difference. Donations of all types are always appreciated. Spend a little time doing other things that are needed beyond just fighting fires. Or just say “thank you” when you see these men and women on the street.

No show of appreciation is ever too small when it comes to thanking any volunteers.