Annual Fireman’s Breakfast Sunday

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Pancakes, sausage and eggs will be served at the annual Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the St. Maries Fire Station.

Coffee, milk and juice will also be available. The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 12 and children 4 and younger eat free. Jim Sheppard, who is working to organize the breakfast, said the money will benefit the St. Maries Firemen’s Benevolence Fund.

Mark McCalman, Tim Kraack, Phil Diffenbaugh and Jim Sheppard invite everyone to the annual Firemen's Pancake Breakfast, which is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Maries Fire Station Sunday, March 29. The breakfast feeds more than 250 people each year and raises money for the St. Maries Firemen's Benevolence Fund.

Mark McCalman, Tim Kraack, Phil Diffenbaugh and Jim Sheppard invite everyone to the annual Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast, which is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Maries Fire Station Sunday, March 29. The breakfast feeds more than 250 people each year and raises money for the St. Maries Firemen’s Benevolence Fund.

“And basically what that’s for is helping people after they have been involved in a fire,” Mr. Sheppard said. “It gives us the ability to help them out. After a fire, they need a place to stay so we use this fund to put them up in a hotel. We might also give them some money to buy clothes in the event that what they had was lost.”

Mr. Sheppard said the fund is mostly supported by what money is raised at the breakfast.

“What we are able to do is solely supported by the public,” he said. “The fund allows us to respond immediately. We don’t have to go out looking for donations.”

This is the third year Mr. Sheppard has helped organize the breakfast. However, the fire station has been serving up pancakes and sausage for more than 15 years.

“It really is a successful fundraiser,” he said. “We plan to have enough food to serve 360 people and we almost always run out of everything.”

The breakfast, he added, brings in approximately $1,200 each year, sometimes more.

“I really want to thank the community because this breakfast really is a community effort,” Mr. Sheppard said. “Everybody helps make this possible. The Kiwanis lets us use their grill at no charge and the Eagles allow us to use their tables and chairs. Various businesses advertise the event for us in their stores and reader boards. Several churches also announce it in their bulletin for us.”

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