Washington Township Fire Department had its annual Mother’s Day Dinner Sunday.
The event has been going on for 47 years now. The celebration was open to the public, and those who came could have a meal for only $9. All of the money goes towards the operation of the department and the purchasing of equipment. Fire Chief Gene Hanning described the food that was served.
"Deserts and drinks and cole slaw and applesauce. Chips, roll and butter, green beans if you’re going to eat in and the chicken, half a chicken."
The department hoped to raise $5,000. Hanning explained more about the purpose behind putting the event together.
"Make money and to have the people come in and have some camaraderie and give them a chance to see what we have. Like you can see we’re having fire truck rides for the kids and they enjoy that and we’re always looking for new members. Because that’s tough to try and find people to volunteer nowadays."
The event takes about two months to put together. All of the food is purchased locally. Hanning said they plan for about 1,200 meals each year and sold out early afternoon on Sunday. Hanning told us they are grateful for everyone who came out and the support received from the community.