One Last Gift: Christmas in Action Donates to Saline Area Fire Department

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 07/09/2018 - 16:34
Les Rowe, of Christmas in Action, hands a check to Saline Area Fire Department Chief Craig Hoeft, and Saline Mayor Brian Marl.

After years of donating money, sweat and time to help the lss fortunate members of Saline, Christmas in Action made one last contribution to the community.

Last week, Christmas in Action Vice President Les Rowe presented a check for more than $5,000 to the Saline Area Fire Department. Fire Chief Craig Hoeft and Mayor Brian Marl, chair person of the Saline Area Fire Board, accepted the check.

The donation is the last official action of Christmas in Action - known for years as Christmas in April. It was founded by Dave Pottter and Paul Tull in 1992. For years, volunteers, supported by local businesses, repaired roofs, built wheelchair ramps, cleaned up yards and helped the elderly and disabled manage their homes. As many as 150 people participated in the annual event.

Rowe said the organization lost steam as the Saline Reporter faltered as a source for community news and information.

Rowe said he believed the fire department was a worthy recipient of the organization's final donation.

"They provide a very important service for the people of Saline," Rowe said.

Long before he moved to Saline, Rowe was a volunteer firefighter win Somerville, NJ, so fire departments are close to his heart.

Over the years the Friends of the Saline Area Fire Department has used private donations for turn out gear, an off-road vehicle, armor, thermal imagine cameras and other items.

Both Hoeft and Marl thanked Christmas in Action for its contribution to public safety.

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Tran Longmoore is a veteran community journalist. He is founder and owner of He is co-publisher of The Saline Post weekly newspaper. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 734-272-6294.

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