Good morning --
I hope your October has been pleasant and filled with fall color!
As you know, Crystal Lakes fire department partners with CL FIRES, a locally organized non-profit established to support the fire department and promote fire and safety education within the
community. Among many other tasks, CL FIRES arranges, organizes, and staffs fundraising for the fire department. CL FIRES has several ongoing fundraisers that support the Crystal Lakes
fire department. These are ways you can send some money our way to fund our purchase of supplies and equipment over and above what our budget allows, and best of all -- neither of them cost you
a single penny!
In addition to the community events like the rummage sale, CL FIRES has two ongoing fundraising efforts that have been big successes for us. They are the King Soopers Neighborhood Rewards program and
The King Soopers Neighborhood Rewards
program uses gift cards, which are refillable. The gift cards are available from CL FIRES Board members for a cost of $5. This covers the cost of establishing the gift card as part of the
fundraising program, and the card you purchase from CL FIRES comes loaded with $5, so there's no net cost to you. Contact information for the board members is at the bottom of this page: http://clfires.org. King Soopers donates .25% of the amount spent on these cards to CL FIRES. We're asking our supporters to put more money on the gift cards
after the $5 is spent (which can be done at the Customer Service desk or when checking out) and use them to purchase groceries, miscellaneous items, pharmacy items, and gas from King Soopers and
other Kroeger businesses. The more our friends and supporters use the King Sooper gift cards obtained from CL FIRES, the greater the benefits are to the Crystal Lakes Volunteer Fire Department.
And the best thing is -- the King Soopers Neighborhood Rewards program does not cost you any money! Every dollar you put on the card is available for your use.
Our other ongoing fundraising program is through Amazon Smile. When you purchase items on Amazon through the Amazon Smile program, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of
eligible purchases to the charity you've chosen. This means you can shop on Amazon as usual, choosing from the same broad array of products, and when you check out, a small amount of the money
you've just spent will come back to our community, to our fire department. Again, it costs you nothing, but the more you spend via Amazon Smile, the more we receive! A lot of us already
shop there anyway, so why not get Amazon to donate a portion of the amount you spend with them to our community?
Our CL FIRES Amazon Smile account has a unique link (http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-4096469). When you use this link, you skip the process of
searching for a charity to support from the more than a million eligible charities Amazon's program supports. This makes it much easier to find us. The link will take you to smile.amazon.com
and automatically ask you if you want to support the Crystal Lakes Fire Information Resources Education and Safety Corp (aka CL FIRES). By using this unique link, you'll be able to select CL
FIRES as the charity you want to support before you start shopping. After you've done it the first time, you won't need to do it again, although CL FIRES recommends bookmarking this link and
beginning all your Amazon shopping expeditions there, so you don't accidentally shop at www.amazon.com instead of smile.amazon.com (purchases made at the former do
not generate donations, so it's important that you enter the Amazon marketplace through this Amazon Smile link).
Finally, CL FIRES would also like to
encourage direct donations to the CLVFD through CL FIRES, which are tax deductible and payable by check or through our PayPal account. There will be opportunities in future to support the Fire
Station Remodel effort through CL FIRES with a tax deductible donation, which may be used for fire fighting and emergency services equipment needed over and above the money raised by the Mill Levy
Thanks and stay safe!