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McKeesport Firefighters spend their time working at the fire station waiting to serve the community in their time of need. They are usually the first ones that respond to your homes in the event of a disaster. Whether it is a fire, car accident, storm, flood, or any other type of community or personal disaster, the McKeesport Firefighters are there to carry out their duties when called upon.

However, McKeesport Firefighters respond to more than just it's community's emergencies. They work to support other organization such as the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation (MDA), Variety for Kids, and the Salvation Army, to support charities in their efforts to enhance the lives of others. Whether it is a monetary donation from the membership, a boot drive to collect donations for these charities, or simply time from our firefighters to dedicate to fundraising. It is the nature of a firefighter to be caring, helpful, and supportative. Firefighters carry these traits with them twenty-four hours day both on and off the job.

For more information about our involvement in these charities, please click on the links to them in the Charities Section. 



MDA
Aug 08, 2012

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the International Association of Fire Fighter's national charity. It has made firefighter's famous for their "Fill The Boot" campaigns from Hawaii to Maine, and this includes McKeesport. Every year firefighters take time out of their regular schedule to help "Jerry's Kids". More importantly, MDA just doesn't help kids, it helps everyone through they're research, clinic, and clinical trials.

Each year firefighters raise between $22 and $24 million dollars nationwide for this charity. Recently, in 2007 the McKeesport Firefighters raised $ 4,576.70. That is an 129% increase over the nearly $2,000 raised in 2006. All of the donations come from the public, and would not be possible with out the time and effort of our firefighters making the collection on the streets.

A special thanks goes to our firefighter Kevin Kovach, who is our MDA Coordinator. He spends many hours setting up events and attending meetings in preparation for each year's MDA drive.

For more information click on the following link http://www.mdausa.org/

or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pghmda


Variety For Children's Charity
Aug 08, 2012

This charity was brought to our attention recently by one of our own firefighter's, Jeff List, who's family has received benefits from this very organization. The organization is a sponsor of children under the age of 21 with mobility disabilities, and works to make their lives more comfortable and to live their life to the fullest extent.

This is a very important chariety for the members of I.A.F.F. Local #10. Union Vice President and firefighter Jeff List daughter, Danielle has CDG and is confined to the use of a wheel chair for transportation. This chariety allows children to go to summer camp for a week expense free, and includes transportation. (The camp is not an overnight camp.) The chariety also assist with other transportation issues such as the purchase of a wheel chair  or other mobility devices like chair lifts, house ramps, adaptive car seats, etc. 

For more information click on the link to go to their website http://varietypittsburgh.org/

or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/varietypittsburgh

 


Salvation Army of Western PA
Aug 08, 2012

 

 

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Doing the Most Good for the Most People in the Most Need.

Mission

Our mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination. Our programs aimed to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those hurting most in our local communities.

Description

It is hard to list everything that The Salvation Army does since it does everything from feeding starving children and families through recovery from natural disasters to battling poverty, addiction and homelessness. They are a kind face to comfort the sick and elderly, a wise spirit to support the education of all ages, and a giving heart to address need wherever it occurs. For more information about specific activities and programs offered, please see the Services section of our web site.

General Information

Every day of the year, The Salvation Army offers help and hope to thousands of people. From the victims of disaster, addiction and homelessness to youth, families and senior citizens.

For more information, please visit their website: http://www.use.salvationarmy.org/use/www_use_westpenn.nsf/

or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyWesternPA


Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation
Aug 28, 2012

The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation

 

For Kristy...
Kristy Leigh Lasch was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only twenty-two years old.  Throughout her ordeal, she remained positive, energetic, and strong, even when faced with limited resources.

Before she died, Kristy envisioned creating an organization to help younger breast cancer patients. She knew too well how financially cumbersome the disease could become, and the unique challenges of having the disease at such a young age. The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation was created in her memory, and honors her dream.

After a valiant struggle, she passed away October 3, 2004, at the tender, young age of twenty-six.


Our Vision
Our vision is to create a world in which our current services are no longer necessary.


Our Mission
The Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation is committed to providing financial assistance to women under 30 living with breast cancer.


We could sure use some help...
Since founding the Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation in 2005, we have been able to help a number of young women living with breast cancer with their medical related finances. We’ve also been able to grant them the exact amount that they asked for. With the Foundation’s name getting out there more, we have been contacted by more and more young women.

We aren’t a huge organization, yet. We only do one big fundraiser a year. That’s worked for us as a Foundation in previous years but the ratio of requests to donations has become daunting.

So many young women under 30 are being inflicted by this horrible disease and calling us. I’m so afraid that we won’t be able to meet their financial needs and hope that by visiting Kristy's site today, you can help by making a donation.

For more information, please visit their website: http://www.kristylasch.org/


The Joey-O Foundation for Autism Awareness
Aug 08, 2012

 

The Joey-O Foundation for Autism Awareness was established by the Osinski family with the intent of giving back to the agencies and organizations that have been supportive in Joey’s development.

Through fund-raising efforts and the acceptance of donations, this nonprofit foundation will contribute financially to programs that serve special needs individuals — all while increasing public understanding of the autism spectrum.

For more information, please visit their website: http://www.joey-o.org or their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jofaa.org




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