The Ottumwa Fire Department received a $500 donation from the Ottumwa branch of the Travelers Protective Association Wednesday afternoon. The group had money from dues and a donation from member John Hunolt and decided they needed to put it to a good cause.
Member Skip Stevens then started investigating a worthy group to use the funds.
"He got in contact with the fire chief, the fire chief said they needed a new chainsaw and then any money left over will go to help this fall with the smoke detector program," said Ken Veneables, Secretary Treasurer of the Post-O Travelers Protective Agency. "We wanted to have something tangible given back to the community."
The TPA's other community projects include donating safety vests to the school system and child identity stickers for hospitals to distribute to families with newborns or kids in car seats. The stickers provide identification and contact information in case of an accident or emergency.
There are three posts of the TPA in Iowa, with the central office located in Burlington.
For more information on the TPA, visit their website.