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Eltife,Brook Hill School,Southside Bank donate to firefighters

By Jamey Boyum

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Volunteer firefighters in East Texas have been stretched to their limit. Because of the huge number of wildfires, many of them are funding their departments with their own money.

Some East Texans are stepping up to help those who are helping us.

A gentleman shows the firefighters the money, and a young lady shows firefighters the Gatorade.   Southside bank matched a $5,000 recently given by Senator Kevin Eltife, while Peyton Moore challenged every class at the Brook Hill Elementary School to match her classroom's donations of liquid.

"Actually the 4H extension office, they started Operation Supply Drop, but I decided, why don't I get my school involved with it? So, now the whole school is collecting water bottles, Gatorade,  snacks, chapstick, things that will help firefighters out," Peyton said.

4-H will distribute the supplies for Brook Hill Schools, and the Smith County Volunteer Fireman's Association will distribute the cash to departments in need.

"Some of them are hurting pretty good. You've got guys that are going to work all day and working all night trying to fight fires and put those out. You've got the wear and tear on our trucks and our equipment that is just normal. Normally it wouldn't be as much as it is, right now we're abnormally busy with it. Some of these trucks are breaking down left and right," said Tommy Brock, Smith County Volunteer Firemen's association.

So, Southside will help take care of the equipment.

"Thank you," said Tommy.

Brook Hill will help take care of those who use it.

"Thank you, because most of them are volunteer firefighters," Peyton said.

Many thanks, all the way around.

Brook Hill will turn over their donations tomorrow. If you'd like to make a monetary donation, contact Southside Bank and ask about their Wildfire Account.

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