In light of the longest government shutdown in history, the Lower Southampton Fire Department is collecting donations to help. This week only, people can bring non-perishable food, toiletries, and gift cards to the Department Fire House for the US Coast Guard.

Flyer created by the Lower Southampton Fire Department.

As several department members are also active duty with the US Coast Guard, they are trying to do their part. Lower Southampton Fire Chief Steve Brooks also has a son serving with the Coast Guard.

“Any Coast Guard member, they have bills to pay,” Brooks said. “They have rent because a majority of them don’t live at home, and they’re still taking care of their families.”

Generous residents can drop off a variety of useful items this Monday through Friday (Jan. 21 to Jan. 25). Doors are open from 5 to 9 p.m. and the attached Flyer has a list of acceptable donations.

“I’ll do whatever I can to help the food pantries and other locations accepting goods for the members,” Brooks continued when asked if the collections would continue if the shutdown persists. “We recommend that anyone help out.”

He also urged people to check their local fire departments as other organizations are collecting for the same cause as well. The Willow Grove Volunteer Fire Company has a member in the Coast Guard and is collecting donations.