The Long County Protective Services Auxiliary recently hosted an appreciation dinner for the volunteers who worked Long County’s annual haunted house and hayride fundraiser. Proceeds from the event go to help local fire departments, EMS providers, forestry personnel and to provide scholarships to local teens.
“We appreciate everything that you do. Without all of you volunteers we couldn’t do this,” LCPSA President Gerald Blocker said.
He said more than 90 volunteers pitched in, and more than 5,700 people attended the haunted house and hayride during its three-weekend run.
Previously, Blocker said, the auxiliary provided one $1,000 scholarship to a high school graduate, but starting this year, three scholarships will be awarded.
LCPSA Secretary Marjorie DeLoach told dinner attendees that in addition to the scholarship awarded last year, the auxiliary gave $500 to two families displaced by house fires, and $250 checks went to help two children in need. The group also donated to help several people with medical bills and sponsored the Long County Community Safety Awareness Day.
Incoming auxiliary Vice President Bob Hefley recognized Mildred Blocker for her help during the haunted house and hayride.
“Miss Mildred was out here working hard every night. She’s our oldest member in age, and she is a mom to all of us,” Hefley said.
Peter Jennings, who volunteers to help with the event every year, said his son was a firefighter, but due to an on-duty injury, now is disabled and retired.
“My son was a firefighter and he loved his job. He was hurt in his accident, and all of you go out every day and do the same job and risk your lives. I personally want to thank you for what you do,” Jennings told the firefighters.