HELENA – On Friday people flocked to the Helena Safeway parking lot for a fundraiser to help Montana’s firefighters.

Over $31,000 was raised along with several other items.

Water, food and other items were stacked high next to the fire relief donation tables.

One of the organizers, Kelly Fleiner told MTN News that people even donated items they didn’t think of, such as toothpaste, wet wipes and sunblock.

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“It’s pretty heartwarming and incredible to see Helenans show up like this, it’s a big deal in Montana that we support our local causes and our firefighters. They are protecting our homes, our forest, everything, they do such a wonderful job and they are tired so we need to come out and do this kind of stuff,” said Fleiner.

Mark Read from Washington, donated money and water.

“Fire fighters are our unsung heroes, they have the potential to save our lives, our families lives, our loved ones lives, our property, our home, and they are putting their lives on the line for somebody else, talk about a feel good moment,” said Read.

A “Reach medical helicopter” landed in the parking lot. They dropped in to show people their role when rescue is needed during a fire.

Randy Hayes dropped off a truck load of water and non-perishable food.

“I feel in my heart when there’s a need that we should react to causes like this. I would, you know, like to commend all the emergency people in Montana of what they are doing to help stop the fires. I think it is a great thing that’s going on today to help in any way we can,” said Hayes.

All money and items donated go to the Lewis and Clark Rural Fire Council and will be distributed to fire departments most in need.

If you would like to still donate please send checks here:

Lewis and Clark County Rural Fire Council
PO BOX 6621
Helena, MT 59604

For more information on how you can help click here.

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