Led by Fire Department Captain Chad Cooke, a donation effort begins tomorrow, Monday, September 11, for the victims of Hurricane Irma with the Mayor’s Office, Fire Department and Police Department asking for monetary and item-specific contributions.
Cooke is working with Long Boat Key, Florida Fire Department Battalion Chief Rocky Parker on the coordination of the donation effort.
“To be the most helpful, we are taking our direction from Florida officials who have been very specific regarding the supplies they need. Beginning tomorrow through next Saturday, we will collect water and Gatorade, band-aids, toothpaste, toothbrushes, baby wipes, non-perishable snacks and work gloves here at the Fire Department from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. each day.
“NO other supplies will be accepted, so we are asking the generous residents of Martinsville who are interested in participating in our hurricane relief effort to please only bring these items and no others,” Cooke explained.
The ONLY drop off location for the donated items is the Martinsville Fire Department at 160 West Morgan Street.
Mayor Shannon Kohl who is working in tandem with Fire Chief Terry Anderson and Police Chief Matt Long on this project has set up a special fund through the Community Foundation of Morgan County for Hurricane Irma relief efforts.
Checks made payable to the Community Foundation of Morgan County with “Martinsville Hurricane Relief” on the memo line of the check should be mailed or dropped off at the Community Foundation office at 56 North Main Street in Martinsville.
“Any checks dropped off at my office, the Police Department or Fire Department will be delivered to the Community Foundation for deposit into our hurricane relief account to then be sent to Florida at the appropriate time Florida officials direct.
“Martinsville residents have huge, giving hearts and we look out for not only each other, but those in need far from us. With Hurricane Irma hitting Florida with an historic impact, the need is great for the supplies we have been asked to provide. My heartfelt thanks in advance to everyone who will be participating in our donation collection relief effort as Martinsville helps Florida,” Kohl said.
According to Cooke, the donation effort is a week-long because it will take until the end of this week for Parker to tell him Martinsville’s location to deliver the supplies.
“Our delivery location will be assigned later once the storm has passed, so we want to use this entire coming week to collect the supplies. Once we are told our delivery site, we will load up a large trailer and approximately 8-10 off-duty firefighters and police officers will transport the supplies,” Cooke said. A former Indiana resident, Parker served on the Indianapolis Fire Department and Perry Township Fire Department before moving to Hillsboro County, Florida in 1997.
Mayor Kohl, Deputy Fire Chief Charlie Fraker, Captain Chad Cooke, Captain Aaron Fraker, Captain Kevin Greene and Police Lieutenant Blake Long met early Sunday morning to plan the City’s donation relief effort.
For questions or interview requests, contact Captain Cooke at 765-342- 2343.