Guardians of the Ribbon aren't afraid to wear pink

"Dave's got over 3,000 autographs and messages on his two trucks," said Garrant. "It's covered. It's just kind of a thing to raise their spirits, show support."

When the chapter receives their truck, they will attend fundraising events and volunteer in any way they can. And, they don't take any of the money from the fundraising.

"The only way that we raise money [is] we sell shirts and raffle tickets," he explained. "That pays for fuel for the truck and expenses."

Despite not having a truck yet, Garrant and the other members recently attended the benefit for 5-year-old Audrey Napper who is currently battling a rare form of childhood cancer.

However, Garrant believes having the truck will attract more people to events. But in order to get one, they need help from the community.

Donations from individuals and businesses are currently being accepted by Garrant. They can be mailed to Guardians of the Ribbon Chapter 14, c/o Jim Garrant, 726 Stratton Hill Road, West Chazy N.Y. 12992.

"I know with the economy the way it is today, it's hard for people," said Garrant. "But our biggest thing is trying to raise funds for the truck and get out."

For more information, contact Garrant at 493-5906, 578-0331, or e-mail him at buddha1059@westelcom.com. The chapter can also be found on Facebook by searching "Guardians of the Ribbon - Northern New York State Chapter." For more information about the national organization, visit www.pinkfiretruck.org.

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