After having to scale back its donations due to financial constraints brought on by the pandemic, the Corry Central Labor Club is getting back to normal and starting to give money to local organizations in the community.
"We did cut back a lot on donations and we're starting to build back up since things are coming together," Corry Central Labor Club President Jon Maker said. "I think in the near future, probably by fall or early winter, we'll start giving back like we normally did."
Corry Central Labor Club recently decided to make a donation to Corry Regional Fire Co., the volunteer arm of Corry Fire Department, and presented firefighters with a $5,000 check during a board meeting at the club, 30 W. Main St., on Saturday morning.
"They actually sent a donation request for $50, $100 or $200 and we just decided to do $5,000," Maker said. "We try to get all the fire departments throughout the community in our surrounding area."
Maker said it was an easy decision to pledge a contribution to the volunteer fire department because of the services it provides to the community.
"Everybody appreciates their help. When something drastic happens, they're there. We've had them here a couple of times on incidents and they've been phenomenal," he said.
The $5,000 check was accepted on behalf of the department by Pat Patterson, Corry Regional Fire Co. president, and John Maloney Corry Regional Fire Co. captain and finance committee member, who was very grateful for the donated funds from the labor club.
"It's great that they're able to do this for the community because I know they give money other than to us," Maloney said. "It's great to have someone in the community that looks after our different organizations."
Volunteer firefighters are appreciative of donations like this because it saves them time that would otherwise be spent fundraising.
"That's a lot of fundraising and man hours that we would have to do to make $5,000," Maloney said. "It saves time for training and to go on emergency calls."
The money from the labor club will be used to help cover costs of two recent vehicle purchases by the fire company.
"We just ordered a new pumper tanker to replace some older equipment out in Columbus," Maloney said. "That is on order; due to be delivered in August."
The new Corry Regional Fire Co. truck will be a 25,000-gallon tanker with a pump on it.
Maloney said the fire company also had to replace a utility truck known as a "brush truck."
"Due to mechanical issues with our old one, we had to go out and purchase a new one," he said. "It has a pump on it for grass fires. We also do emergency response for EMS with it."
The utility truck has already been purchased and has been in the process of getting letters, lights and a skid unit for brush fires mounted on it. Maloney expects it to be road ready in the near future.
Both vehicles will be housed at the fire station in Columbus.
"The nice thing is it's all utilized in the city, too, because now it's our combined equipment," Maloney said.
The fire company's fund drive is still ongoing. Anyone who would like to donate to the volunteer firefighters can contact a member or the department.