Donation from community member helps Leachville volunteer fire dept.

(Source: MGN Online)
(Source: MGN Online)
LEACHVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 fire department will soon get some needed upgrades due to the kindness of a community member.

Through the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, Leachville resident Wanda Lyerly is donating $2,500 to the Leachville Volunteer Fire Department. 


Lyerly was with her farmer husband at a summit hosted by seed company Monsanto when she put herself in the running to get the chance to win and donate the money.


"They have a summit every year. The wives of the farmers had their names put in a box, and mine was drawn," she said.


The Monsanto Fund, which is the philanthropic branch of Monsanto, sponsors America's Farmers Grow Communities. Monsanto launched the program in 2010, and allows farmers to enter to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite community nonprofit organization, such as 4-H, FFA, schools, fire departments and other civic groups.


Leachville Fire Chief Mark Johnson said the donation will be "very helpful". He said the donation, along with the money the department already has, will be used to purchase equipment and turnout gear for several of his 20 firefighters.


A full set of protective gear that includes pants, boots, a helmet and a coat, costs about $1,800.


"We've only got one truck with good lighting, so we was going to try to get some of that," said Chief Johnson. "The majority of this gear's still in good shape. We'll be able to use it for several more years, but the black gear that we've got is all in the 20-year-old range, and some of it's just in too bad of shape to keep trying to use."


"We're just absolutely ecstatic to get it. Most of these small departments, you don't have a lot of money that comes in," Chief Johnson said.  "Anything that we get we just absolutely love the fact that someone thought of us."


Click here for more information about America's Farmers Grow Communities.

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