Ambulance Donated to Hard-Hit N.Y. Fire Department
MADISON, N.Y. -- Long Island was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, and the town and the Madison Ambulance Association are doing their best to assist by donating an ambulance to a local fire department there.
The town plans to donate a 1998 ambulance to the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department on Long Island.
Broad Channel sustained heavy losses including two ambulances and a fire engine as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Originally, the donated ambulance was scheduled to be traded in as part of purchasing the town's new ambulance. The offers received were too low to make an acceptable profit.
The Board of Selectmen decided it would be worthwhile to donate it to a worthy agency in need.
As part of the donation, the community is invited to "stuff an ambulance" Saturday with goods for the Broad Channel community during their time of need.
People may drop off donated items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Madison Hose Company No. 1 on 665 Boston Post Road and the North Madison Volunteer Fire Company on 864 Opening Hill Road.
Donated items will be loaded into the truck and brought to the Broad Channel Fire Department.
The Madison Ambulance Association, Madison Hose Co. No. 1, the North Madison Volunteer fire department and the Madison's Women Club are holding the event.
Madison Ambulance Association Director Chris Bernier said members are thrilled to help Broad Channel during their time of need.
Bernier said the island of Broad Channel has received a great deal of help throughout the country.
"Along with the ambulance donation, we thought it would be great idea to get the entire community involved," Bernier said. concerning of the "stuff an ambulance" event.
Items can also be dropped off at Madison Ambulance on 9 Old Route 79 until Tuesday. Suggested items include non-perishable foods, bowls, paper plates, batteries, gloves, hats, cleaning supplies, diapers, plastic silverware and school supplies.
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