NORTH CREEK - Members of the North Creek Volunteer Fire Department pulled on many layers of warm clothes just days before Christmas to pump gas at the North Creek Stewarts Shop. On one of the coldest days of the winter, according to program coordinator Elizabeth Canaan, the volunteers came out to raise money as part of the Stewarts Holiday Match Program.
They pumped gas for six hours in order to raise donations that will be matched by Stewarts and donated to local non-profit organizations. Despite hard economic times, the North Creek VFD topped last years record and raised more than $300 this year - remaining the top fund raiser two years in a row.
"We did anything we could to try and help out," said Fire Chief Steve Studnicky. "It was a great improvement from last year."
This is the third year that the North Creek VFD has participated in the match program and were joined by the Wevertown VFD and many other local organizations. Stewarts has been hosting this program since 1986.
The North Creek volunteers raised more than $1,600, which will be match by Stewarts and distributed among applying non-profits.
Regionally, $630,000 was raised by Stewarts Shop volunteers and will total a $1.26 million donation to regional organizations.
In Johnsburg, many scout troops received funds as well as the outreach center, food pantry and Tannery Pond Community Center.