Here’s a chance to wash away the grime — and crime.
Popkum volunteer firefighters were recently cleaned out of first aid equipment and personal effects by thieves who hit their fire hall while they were out fighting a fire.
Students at Timothy Christian School were incensed by the crimes, and are hosting a fundraiser Saturday at the roundabout to help the Popkum firefighters recoup what was lost, said teacher Daniel Van Brugge.
“Our students are very community-minded,” he said. “They felt it was just wrong for the first responders who help us 24/7 to have been targeted this way.”
The goal is to raise $12,000.
First the enterprising students came up with the idea for a car wash.
They even came up with a spiffy hashtag #firewash for those who may want to tweet the deets of the event.
“I was happy. They really took ownership of this,” VanBrugge said. “It grew into something more than a car wash.”
Next a bake sale was suggested. Now Dutch croquettes and french fries will also be for sale, along with a silent auction with heavy-duty irrigation hoses and nozzles to be auctioned off.
Cash donations will also be graciously accepted.
They’re hoping to catch some of the traffic going to and from the Agassiz Fall Fair this weekend.
The fundraiser for Popkum Volunteer Fire Department is Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the old Argyle’s parking lot, now owned by Garden House, at the Popkum roundabout.