Martinsville Fire Department raising money for firefighters impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Fire department will collect money all day Saturday

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Martinsville volunteer firefighters are using one of their fundraisers to help a volunteer fire department devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, firefighters will be at the intersection of Commonwealth Boulevard and Fairy Street for their Toll Gate fundraiser.

They do this twice a year to raise money for the fire department, but this time the firefighters decided to instead use the money to help out fellow firefighters in Texas.

The money is going to the Plum Grove Volunteer Fire Department in Liberty County, which has also set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money.

"A lot of the volunteers, they lost their own homes and their own vehicles while they were rescuing about 750 other people from the floodwaters that were there. They've lost a lot of equipment," said Martinsville Fire Chief Ted Anderson.

Firefighters hope to collect $5,000.

Anderson hasn't decided yet how he'll get the money to the Plum Grove Volunteer Fire Department, but he wants to deliver it in person if possible.

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