Local firefighters raise funds for Forces United to help veterans in Aiken County

December 18, 2018

The Aiken County Firefighter’s Association presented a check Monday afternoon to Forces United in Augusta.

Forces United, formerly know as Aiken-Augusta Warrior Project, is the only local organization of its kind that brings together all the necessary resources to help local “warriors” – wounded or not – and their families, said Kim Elle, president and CEO of Forces United.

The Aiken County Firefighter’s Association held a “fire muster,” which is a firefighter competition, at Midland Valley High School recently to raise money for Forces United, said Richard Oxendine, president of the Aiken County Firefighter’s Association.

“We all see the need to help veterans in our local community,” Oxendine said. “We put our heads together, probably a year and half ago, and held this fire muster to raise funds, the majority of which is going to Forces United to help vets.”

The association managed to raise $750 to donate, which will help veterans in the Aiken area, he said.

“For us, every time someone reaches out to donate is a double, sometimes triple blessing, because you can’t do this work without funding – every dollar matters,” Elle said. “It really impacts the lives of veterans. It’s awesome to be able to get the funding and message out there.”

Roland-Ford Funeral Home, Redline Septic, The Pot Smoker BBQ, Tailored Tours of Aiken, Charlie’s Barbershop and JW Painting were all sponsors for the fire muster.

The Aiken County Firefighter’s Association was organized to promote better fire defenses for Aiken County. It also serves as a forum with an objective to create better fellowship and understanding between different departments.

More information about Forces United can be found at forcesunited.org.

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