Meridian Star

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July 5, 2014

Donations sought to help promote fire safety

MERIDIAN —     The Meridian Fire Department is seeking donations for the department's fire safety program, "Firepup."

    The program specifically targets children of all ages. Meridian Fire Department Chief Anthony Clayton said donations would be used to provide fire safety education materials for children, to be distributed in area schools, at safety fairs, during public safety presentations, and at fire stations.

    Materials that will be purchased consist of age-specific, 24-page activity manuals, pamphlets on smoke detectors, fire escapes, babysitting, badges, stickers, and many other items used to teach the fundamentals of fire safety and burn prevention.

    The materials have been designed exclusively by the National Fire Safety Council, a non-profit organization. The fire department said the only way they can pay for new material is through charitable contributions for the public.

    Clayton said he strongly believes that through the partnership with the National Fire Safety Council, children can be kept safe from severe injury or even death.

    In order to help cover the cost the Meridian Fire Department and the Fire Safety Council are turning to residents and leaders of the community, Clayton said.

    Supporters of the program will have their contribution acknowledged and specifically named on the prestige page of all fire safety activity manuals under the heading: "Provided as a public service by people who care."

    Clayton said all tax deductible checks should be made payable to the National Fire Safety Council.

    Prices for sponsoring materials for students in the community are: 20 children - $50;  30 children- $75;  40 children- $100; 50 children $125;  60 children- $150;  75 children- $187.50; 100 children- $250; and  200 children- $500.

    For questions or more information call the Meridian Fire Department at 601-485-1822.

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