Employees of the John Deere plant in Grovetown are spearheading a collection drive for firefighters battling the wildfires in south Georgia.
The fire is the state's largest wildfire ever, with more than 800 firefighters working to halt its progress - including those from Columbia County's Georgia Forestry Commission office and from Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue.
Donated items may be dropped off at the front desk at John Deere, off Horizon South Parkway near Grovetown, by the close of business Friday, at the office of The Columbia County News-Times, or at any Martinez-Columbia fire station. Martinez firefighters will deliver the items to the fire staging area this weekend.
Donations for firefighters battling the south Georgia wildfire may be brought to John Deere, The News-Times office or any Martinez-Columbia fire station by 5 p.m. Friday. Food and toiletry items should be in travel or individual sizes. Items needed include:
White crew-neck T-shirts
Foot/boot liners, flip-flops
Beef jerky, Slim Jims
AA, AAA, C batteries
Bandanas, neck wraps
Saline nasal spray
Orajel, lip balm
Hand sanitizer, shaving cream, shampoo, powder
Bungee cords, duct tape
Dust masks, blankets
Zip lock bags (all sizes)
Granola bars, M&Ms, canned sausages, nuts
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