Volunteers needed for Badges 4 Bandages dinner

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Organizers of the Badges 4 Bandages chili dinner and raffle are in desperate need of volunteers to make the first event a success.

There will be a volunteer meeting at the Bloomfield Police Department on Saturday at 6 p.m. so Bloomfield Lt. Harvey Holt and other organizers can get an idea of what volunteers they have, and can delegate tasks.

Holt said all Greene County emergency personnel are working together to raise funds for local families.

"Badges 4 Bandages will help pay medical bills for those 17 and under that have been involved in illness or injury," Holt explained. "This will cover all of Greene County. We have volunteers from all the local fire departments, police departments and EMTs dedicated to raising money all year long."

One or two families will be chosen by the emergency personnel at the end of the year to pay a portion of the medical bills.

The newly created organization has a chili dinner and raffle scheduled for Dec. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Greene County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Holt said many of the volunteers backed out at the last minute, so they are in desperate need of help to make the event successful.

"We've got the chili covered, but we need help with the side items and desserts. Subway has donated 50 cookies, but we need more help," Holt said.

He added there will also be a need for raffle items to be donated.

Holt said anyone interested, but cannot make the meeting, can contact him at 381-4490 at any time, and leave a message.

Badges 4 Bandages is currently working on its first fundraising project, by raffling off a Matthews Heli-M limited edition limb graphic bow.

There are currently 250 tickets on sale throughout the county for a $10 donation, or five tickets for $40. Tickets are currently on sale with the Bloomfield, Lyons, Linton and Worthington Police Departments, as well as the Eastern Greene, Center Township, and Bloomfield Fire Departments.

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