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Sandy Volunteer Firefighters Association to raise funds through April for programs, scholarships.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Sportsman's Breakfast is the Volunteer Firefighters Associations largest fundraiser of the year, often bringing in thousands of supporters for pancakes and socialization throughout multiple days in April.With hopes for more normalcy next year, the Sandy Volunteer Firefighters Association has canceled the Sportsman's Breakfast again this spring.

While last year the group canceled entirely, this year the volunteers are working to preserve the fundraising aspect with a month-long donation drive.

"It's as disappointing and hurtful for us to not have the breakfast for two years as it is for everyone," said Sportsman's Breakfast Chairman Glenn Yeager. "Even when we didn't have a fire station, we had a breakfast. This is unheard of. We may not have had the breakfast for two years, but we're still here serving."

Starting Thursday, April 1, volunteers will station donation jars at several businesses around town. Exact locations have yet to be determined.

For decades the Sportsman's Breakfast has raised funds to be used by the volunteer firefighters to serve the community in the form of scholarships for Sandy graduates, funds for the association to adopt and aid a family at Christmas and dollars to support the Sandy Kiwanis' annual Christmas Basket Program. These donations will be used in the same way.

There will, however, not be a raffle this year.

"COVID-19 has taken a pretty hard hit on everybody," Yeager explained. "It's also affected how we run calls (and) offer programs and tours to the public. We can't do 100% (with the breakfast this year) but we'll do the best we can. The need is greater than ever. This year we want to make up for (not having last year's event at all). We still want to show the Sandy strength we all know and love."

For more information about how and where to donate, call the fire station at 503-668-8093.


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