The City of Reading Firefighters Local #1803 once again successfully raised funds for Autism Awareness. This year, their annual T-shirt sale campaign exceeded expectations, raising more than $1250.
The proceeds were used to purchase essential items for the Reading High School Autism/Life Skills Program, directly benefitting students with Autism. The generous donation, which included a new washer and dryer, laundry baskets, blenders, and cooking hot plates, was delivered to the school Wednesday morning and will greatly enhance the program’s resources and enrich the learning experience for students.
This inspiring initiative was led by Paramedic Lieutenant Craig Sweigart, a member of Local #1803, who has a personal connection to Autism as he is a devoted father to a son with Autism.
Reading Firefighters Local #1803 plans to grow and improve upon their efforts in the years to come, introducing new ideas such as a contest for the students in the program to design next year’s T-shirt.
“Our members’ dedication not only to their roles as Firefighters and Paramedics but to the betterment of the community gives me immense pride,” said Fire Chief James Stoudt.
“Our dedicated firefighters and paramedics continually go above and beyond their call of duty,” said Mayor Eddie Moran “As a parent of an autistic child that graduated from Reading High School’s Life Skills program, this is very meaningful to me as I know the impact it will have. This incredible achievement by the Reading Firefighters Local #1803 is a testament to their unwavering dedication to both their profession and the well-being of our community.”
The Reading Firefighters Local #1803 extends their gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the T-shirt fundraiser and encourages the community to stay engaged in future initiatives aimed at making a meaningful difference.