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Firemen feast on ‘thank you’

Cory Chisholm, an 8-year-old Lowcountry boy with cerebral palsy, recently toured a Colleton County fire station and met several firefighters who have worked to raise money for the Carolina Children’s Charity, an agency which has helped support Chisholm and his family. Photo submitted.

Local firemen recently dined from a donated spread meant to thank them for their fundraising efforts.
Firemen with Colleton County Fire-Rescue routinely collect local dollars for the Carolina Children’s Charity, an area non-profit that helps to support Lowcountry children with a birth defects or disabling diseases. The charity was founded in 1987, and works primarily with area firefighters to raise money and awareness.
On August 24th, that charity’s Board of Directors thanked Colleton’s firemen by supplying them with a donated meal. One of the guests at this dinner was Cory Chisholm, an 8-year-old Lowcountry boy with cerebral palsy. Chisholm, and his mother, Shenika, toured Fire Station 19, where the dinner was held. He also met with local firemen and thanked them for their help.
“This shows that all donated money is helping someone local,” said Barry McRoy, director of Colleton County Fire-Rescue. McRoy says none of the charity’s donated dollars were used on the meal. The food was supplied to local firemen from Roper St. Francis Hospital in Charleston and the Kickin’ Chicken Restaurant, he said.
McRoy says the meal “meant a lot” to those who work hard to raise the funds. The “charity-sponsored meal for Colleton County firefighters is for their continued support in assisting with the fundraising efforts for the organization,” he said. “All on-duty crews and several volunteer firefighters participated” in the meal.

Firemen with Colleton County Fire-Rescue recently ate a donated dinner that was served as a “thank you” for the firemen’s fundraising efforts with the Carolina Children’s Charity. Photo submitted.

The charity serves children living in Colleton, Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties.
All fundraising efforts from CCFR to the charity are coordinated by Kristen Dias, a firefighter-paramedic serving with Colleton County Fire-Rescue, said McRoy.
Since its inception in 1987, the charity has raised more than $4.1 million in local dollars. Every dollar pledged, according to the charity, has gone to support children with birth defects or diseases, which range from asthma to juvenile diabetes and cancer, according to the charity’s provided information.
For more information on the charity, visit the Web site, www.carolinachildren.org.

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