Millsboro fire company to hold fundraiser

The Millsboro Fire Company will be hosting Shopping Spree Sunday on Dec. 20 to help raise money for supplies for the company.

“This is the first year we’ve actually done this event,” explained firefighter and organizer Jessica Rogers. “It’s to raise money for our fire company. Millsboro Fire Company is actually in the process of purchasing a new ladder truck.”

The shopping event will be held in the fire company’s hall from noon to 4 p.m. About 10 vendors will be present, selling items from Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Scentsy Candles and Thirty-One bags.

“Some other fire companies do something similar to it. They do an arts and crafts fair during this time of year. We decided to do a spin on it and do all the items that ladies purchase, like Mary Kay and Avon, and put it all together in one big party,” said Rogers. “We also have a lady who makes homemade goat soap and a lady who sells clothes that are from India.”

Admission costs $3, or $2 with donation of a canned good. All goods collected will be donated to the Black Water Fellowship Pantry in Roxana. The money raised through admission and vendor fees will go toward buying the company supplies and toward the fund for the new ladder truck, which will cost $700,000.

“We get money from the County, from the State, from the federal government, but due to the economic crisis, we have to raise money ourselves now in order to keep up with what the community needs.”

Rogers said that the company is hoping to replace a 30-year-old ladder truck that no longer serves all the needs of a modern company.

“Due to the economic crisis obviously we have to raise money ourselves now,” she explained. “The ladder truck we currently have is too short to actually reach a majority of the buildings in Millsboro, so we’re getting a larger ladder, a more advanced ladder truck, in order to better suit the community.”

The company has already held a number of fundraisers this year, including a cornhole tournament.

“The people who were there said that it was one of the biggest tournaments they had ever been to,” she noted.

Rogers said that the community support for the company’s fundraising efforts has been “awesome” and she hopes that community members will continue to support this worthy cause.

“I’m really hoping to have definitely a lot of people come in and shop. I hope [our vendors] do really well, because it’s them really helping us raise money.”

For more information, or to become a vendor, contact Jessica Rogers at (302) 236-7589.