LENDING A HELPING HAND — The holiday gift fair was put on by the Colden Fire Company volunteers, with help from two Girl Scouts. From left, first row: Peg Murray, Kathy Hyde, Florence Letson and Gloria Marinaccio. Second row: Girl Scout Katherine Murray, Patty Murphy, Shirene Schneider, Donna Czarniak, Lona Butler and Girl Scout Emily Lutz. Photos by Justin Graham.
COLDEN — The Colden Fire Company hosted its third annual holiday gift fair at its fire hall on Nov. 10, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Vice president of the fire company Shirene Schneider and auxiliary member of advertising Lona Butler directed the event.
“The proceeds will benefit the Colden Fire Company for their purchasing of equipment and supplies and our fireman will then deliver the members a wish list, for what supplies they will need for their jobs,” Schneider said. “Our guests were provided with free admission, along with complimentary coffee, the service of refreshments, as well as free lunches,” she added.
Raffle tickets were also collected and the winners were awarded with decorative gourd plants, as well as other door prizes.
“We are a strong group of volunteers, and we have a total of 11 auxiliary members at the Colden Fire Hall,” the vice president continued. “We saluted our firefighters [and veterans] before this event, to honor their contribution of war service.”
SHOP FOR A CAUSE — Amber Reding sold primitive crafts and other goods, at the fair.
The objective of the auxiliary members is to offer refreshments and other services to firemen, during their emergency calls, according to the organization.
Members of Girl Scout Troop No. 30123, also of Colden, were also on hand, to assist in the kitchen.
“The Girl Scouts are a major part of our facilitation, and we always try to incorporate them in what we do,” Schneider explained.
There were three Girl Scouts in attendance and Peg Murray, one of the auxiliary members, directed the scouts.
Shneider’s daughter, Amber Reding, showcased such gifts as ice skates and wreaths. Several other vendors displayed a variety of their crafts and holiday-themed gifts. There were a total of 175 attendees.
Butler distributed 200 advertisements and more than 40 road signs in the areas of Hamburg, East Aurora, Orchard Park and Holland.
“I am very pleased with this year’s attendance, and the numbers have been increasing, every year of this event,” Shneider said. “I will surely not expect anything less for our next year.”
The Colden Fire Hall is located at 8448 Gutekunst Road in Colden.