Jacksonville Daily Progress
• Katherine Pinotti, Precinct 3 commissioner, is accepting monetary donations for the fire departments in her precinct: North Cherokee, Lake Palestine East, Jacksonville and Bullard. Her office is located at 7500 U.S Highway 79 West.
• Residents can donate while buying groceries at any Brookshire Brothers. Donations in increments of $5 can be rung up, and residents can designate whether they want their donations to go toward the area in most need, their county or a specific fire department.
• The fire department, 103 South Bonner St., is accepting donations for their department and acting as a distribution point for the smaller volunteer departments in the area, many of which do not have a full time staff. Fire Chief Paul White said they are putting money in envelopes and writing who the money belongs to on them. The Jacksonville department has staff working 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
• The Jacksonville Daily Progress, 525 East Commerce St., is collecting water, Gatorade, protein and other snacks, hand wipes and lip balm.
The Rusk Fire Department, 406 North Main St., has someone on staff at the station 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are taking donations for themselves and smaller volunteer fire departments. Residents wishing to donate to a certain fire department can put the donation in an envelope and designate which department it goes to.
Donations can be brought to the fire department, 402 San Antonio Road. If the door is locked, they can be brought to city hall, 404 San Antonio Road, which is open Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
City hall, 13280 Highway 110 North, will be taking donations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 116 Wells, TX 75976. Donations of other items can be brought to city hall, 293 Rusk Ave., Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Donations can be brought to the Reklaw Volunteer Fire Department, 530 Nacogdoches St., and if the door is locked donations can be brought to city hall Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 53, Maydelle TX, 75772. Donations of money and other items can be brought to Old Cherokee Trading Post, 5975 US Highway 84 West, on Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Donations can be dropped off at the Bullard Fire Department, 213 South Houston St. Officials said they generally have someone on staff Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless they are out fighting a fire.
The Bullard High School Key Club is also taking donations. Donations can be made to Austin Bank, 105 S Houston St., at Texas National Bank, 524 East Main St., or can be brought to the high school, 1426 South Houston St.
Donations can be mailed to the department at P.O. Box 95 Gallatin, Texas 75764. Since the station does not keep a full time staff, residents can call the fire chief George Bostock at 903-521-5240 to coordinate a time and place to drop off donations of water and other items.
Fire Chief Ted Hunt said the department has plenty of water, but is in need of monetary donations. They can be mailed to P.O. Box 1927 Jacksonville, Texas 75766. Anyone with questions can call Chief Hunt at 903-721-9345.
Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 8526 Jacksonville, Texas 75766, or dropped off to the Jacksonville fire department in a labeled envelope. Donations of water can also be dropped off in Jacksonville. Residents can call Chief Danny Rozell at 903-571-2433 with questions or to coordinate dropping off donations.
• Donations can be brought to the fire department, 301 West Duval St., or to city hall, 106 East Duval St. The East Texas Medical Center Ambulance Service, 201 Noble St., is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be accepting donations as well.
• Brookshires, 506 West Duval St., is also taking donations.
Southside Bank has set up an account to benefit the Smith County Volunteer Fire Department Association. Donations made to the fund would benefit volunteer fire departments in Smith County, including Bullard and Troup. Call a local branch for more details.
If your organization is raising funds for Cherokee County firefighters and is not on this list, please contact the Jacksonville Daily Progress newsroom at 903-586-2236.