by Kasey Tross, Assistant Director of Chesterfield Stake Public Affairs, Media Relations
Fire and water may not mix, but despite heavy rains across Richmond over May 17th-19th, over 300 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) from across the Richmond area gathered at the LDS church building on Pump Road on Saturday morning, May 19th, for the church's Firefighter Appreciation Day.
Church leaders presented fire department representatives from Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, and the City of Richmond with 250 smoke alarms purchased using $3,750 donated by church members across the four localities. Fire departments will use the donated alarms to provide working smoke detectors to underserved households in their communities.
Following Saturday's event, over a hundred volunteers from the LDS Church dispersed to deliver care packages containing treats, cards, and signed posters of appreciation to forty firehouses across the Richmond area.
Church leaders and members hope to hold similar events to honor local first responders and other community public servants in the future.