Last Friday evening the garage at the Newton Falls fire station #1 was filled not with fire trucks, ambulances and firemen responding to a siren’s call, but rather with dozens of community members and visitors with an eye out to catch a turkey or two without having to actually go out in the wild and hunt one down.
During this year’s Turkey Raffle, firefighters and members of the Newton Falls Firefighters’ Auxiliary moved through the crowd, selling tickets for .50 each or three for a dollar, providing an opportunity to win one of over a hundred turkeys presented by the fire department. Each ticket had two numbers which doubled the chances and with several winning tickets each round there was plenty of autumn luck to go around. Every round fresh tickets were offered before the next turn of the wheel, and in between spins, ham door prizes were awarded as well.
Second in fundraising efforts only to last month’s Chili Cook-Off which celebrated its 24th year, the annual Feather Party/ Turkey Raffle provides monetary support to the fire department which allows the first responders to purchase necessary equipment and other life-saving items for the stations to utilize all year round.
To keep this season of gratitude continuing, don’t forget that the Newton Falls American Legion (on East River Road just across from the high school) will be hosting a free Thanksgiving Dinner from 11:30am-12:30pm on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28th.
The members of the NFJFD and the NFFA wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving from Station 43!