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$23,000 raised so far in AVFR fund drive

Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc., launched its 2016 fund drive in mid-December. The goal is $100,000, the same as last year, spokesperson Robert Parlett said Monday.

Over 9,000 solicitation letters were mailed out the second week of December, mostly to businesses and individuals in lower Gloucester—the squad’s service area. As of Dec. 30, the squad had received 154 responses with a total donation of $22,999.52.

Parlett termed this a good start to the drive, which ends in March. He said it usually takes the entire year to reach the goal, with many memorials and honorary donations made throughout the year.

He added that the squad’s fund drive efforts fell a bit short in 2015, with approximately $94,000 donated.

The squad relies on Gloucester County to fund major expenses such as a new fire truck or ambulance, Parlett said, and the public fund drive helps pay for day-to-day expenses like fuel, insurance and some miscellaneous equipment.
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