Donations for Firefighters
Seasons Rotisserie & Grill/Alpine Bank team up to support firefighters
“Ready Pack” donation drive underway to thank firefighters
DURANGO, Colo. – As the final embers of the recent Lightner Creek Fire are extinguished, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill and Alpine Bank of Durango have teamed up to organize a community donation drive to replenish firefighters’ “Ready Packs.”
“We wanted to do something to let our firefighters know how much we appreciate them,” said Seasons Owner Karen Barger, whose husband Wayne Barger sits on the Durango Fire & Rescue board. “We inquired to find out what those who are on the front lines can really use and need, and the answer was ‘Ready Packs.’”
Ready Packs are small supply packs including essentials that firefighters can grab and go in the event of a fire incident – typically including items that are depleted while battling a fire.
“We are gathering wool socks, protein bars and bandanas to start,” said Beth Drum, senior vice president, Alpine Bank. “Those are easy items for all community members to purchase and donate to say ‘thank you’ to our firefighters – and truth is, they really need these items.”
Donated socks, protein bars and bandanas can be dropped off at Seasons (764 Main Ave., Durango) and Alpine Bank (1099 Main Ave., Durango) during each business’ regular business hours. Donations will also be collected at the Alpine Bank/Community Concert Hall “[email protected] Park” on July 6 and July 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Buckley Park.
“Once we gather what we hope ends up as a ton of donations, our restaurant and bank employees will assemble the Ready Packs for distribution,” said Barger. “We hope we can deliver a trailer-full so they’ll always have fresh socks and bandanas and can keep their energy up working in those sweltering conditions.”
Bandanas should be all cotton, and preferred socks are new, high quality, over-the-calf wool socks from Fits, Smartwool, Thorlo and Keen (available at Downtown Durango sporting goods/shoe stores).
“It is so important that our first responders know that that we truly honor and value them,” said Drum. “We hope the community will help us overwhelm them with Ready Pack donations.”
Alpine Bank is open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon. Donations at Seasons can be made Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For further information, contact Barger at 970.382.9790, or Drum at 970.375.7689.