RC fire dept. raises over $3K to help kids in need

News Photo by Jordan Spence Members of the Rogers City Area Fire Department serve tables at Scill’s Grill, Monday to raise money for cold weather gear for school children.

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Area Fire Department raised $3,172 to purchase cold weather clothing items for local school children.

The department raised the money during the Stomp Out the Cold fundraiser, Monday at Scill’s Grill in Rogers City.

The department paired with the restaurant, and different firefighters worked as servers, bussers and dishwashers.

All of the tips earned from the event went to the cause. The restaurant also pledged to match the highest tip, up to a certain amount.

“Anything that’s community based or kid based we try to do. It’s with the fire department so it’s kind of hard to say no. The community is really responsive to us anything that we’ve tried to do. So it’s time for us to give back,” said Scill’s Grill owner Scott Schroeder.

Firefighter Ashley Leow said that all the money raised will be used to purchase coats, hats, gloves, and snow gear for local children in need.

Before any customers showed up Leow was given a rundown on the sections of the restaurant, how to take orders and where everything is. She then informed the rest of the department.

“We’re trying to keep it organized. It’s going to be chaotic but it’s going to be so much fun,” Leow said at the beginning of the event.

It didn’t take long for the restaurant to become packed with customers. Many of the firefighters learned as they went, with a smile on their face the whole time.

The only part of the restaurant the department wasn’t involved in was the actual cooking. They also had the help of the Scill’s Grills servers Kari Fletcher and Kasey Shiffer.

“It’s kind of nice not having the pressure of being out on the floor. We just are having fun helping them when they need it,” Fletcher said.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.