Did you know that any abandoned or refused produce (that is still in good shape) must be donated to our local fire stations? I have had the wonderful opportunity to visit with some of our local firemen these last few weeks, by delivering abandoned baskets to them. They ever so much appreciate the food donations we share with them. I learned so much from my visits with them, like…. They run 3 shifts, and each shift is 48 hours long. Let me explain, they work 2 full days and are off for 4 days. During those two full days they eat, sleep, work (take calls) and live at the fire station.
The Valley Fair Mall site puts out a box with a firemen’s picture on it that says: “If there is something in your basket that you know your family is not going to use, consider donating the item to the firefighters.” Then the VSC will take that basket home and go through her own basket and make a complete basket to donate – That site will donate a basket every week. They have three stations that they rotate around. The Valley Fair Mall VSC has a son who is a firefighter for South Jordan. She said “Something I didn’t know, before my son became a firefighter, is that the firefighters have to buy and prepare all of their own food for the 48 hour shift they work. These wonderful public servants, that we all depend upon so much, not only are paid on a fairly low scale, but they often are out saving lives without any sleep in 24 to 48 hours, and then we ask them to buy their own food and fix it. I would, and often do, give my entire basket to these outstanding men who are there 24/7 helping and protecting our property and lives. Every time we donate anything we are always met with smiles and grateful hearts that there are people out there who truly appreciate all the sacrifice they make for us.”
From the United Fire Authority website: UFA is Utah’s largest fire agency, serving over 500,000 residents in the cities of Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Eagle Mountain, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Riverton, Taylorsville and the unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County. We provide fire, emergency medical and other emergency services to our residents and visitors from 28 fire stations and four other facilities including the Salt Lake County Emergency Operations Center. UFA is the sponsoring agency of Utah Task Force 1, one of 28 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams. Other services provided include a Bomb Squad, a Wildland Fire Division, Heavy Rescue, Water Rescue and Hazardous Materials response. All of these services are accomplished with over 550 dedicated professionals with a variety of skills and experience.
Most of our Salt Lake Valley sites have a Firefighter Donation basket. The Volunteer Site Coordinator is always happy to deliver your unwanted produce to our amazing firefighters. If the site you contribute at does not have a donation basket and you would like to share, just ask, and they would be delighted to accommodate.