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AVFR fund drive donations lagging

Donations received so far in the Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc.’s annual fund drive have dropped off drastically, causing concern about the organization being able to make ends meet.

“There are budgeted items that we will have to forego if the goal is not reached,” AVFR spokesperson Robert Parlett said.

Parlett said Monday that usually about this time in the annual fund drive approximately $55,000-$60,000 in donations would have been received. However, this year things are lagging, as only $48,541.52 of the $100,000 goal had been received by March 16.

If the squad doesn’t reach its goal, training and some equipment could be cut, he said.

Besides overall donations being down, Parlett said donations from businesses have dropped as well. Only 20 businesses had donated by the middle of March, he said. Perhaps some business owners donate as individuals, he added.

Also, the squad recorded 514 individual donors by March 16.

The fund drive, which ends Ma...

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