GFCA DONATES $2,500 to our Community's First Responders for use during the COVID-19 CRISIS
Great Falls, VA May 5, 2020– GFCA is responding to meet the needs of the first-line firefighters and emergency medical personnel who serve the Great Falls, VA community by providing a $2,500 donation to the GF Fire Station to support their response to the pandemic of 2020. GFCA’s Board voted to provide Fire Station 12 with assistance to help purchase meals for all three shifts, from local restaurants and stores if possible, and, if needed, to provide the means for the station’s men and women to have enough personal protective equipment not only on the job, but also when they go home to their families. In addition, if useful, some of the funds could be used to purchase any other equipment that ensures the ongoing safety of Great Falls firefighters
GFCA’s President and Treasurer delivered the donation to Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department Captain Mike Allen at the local Firehouse on May 5 to coincide with #GivingTuesdayNow a global day of giving and unity, as an emergency response to the unprecedented needs caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.
Several weeks ago, GFCA Board members began exploring ways to support the local community during the crisis and presented several options for giving. At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, GFCA believes generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.
Bill Canis, President of GFCA stated “GFCA’s Board members recognize that, along with Doctors, Nurses, and allied health workers, our firefighters and paramedics are on the front lines of this battle against COVID-19. The personnel of the Fairfax Fire & Rescue Station #12 selflessly serve our community and do so in the face of incredible risk, under normal circumstances. Today, that risk is compounded by the effects of COVID-19.”