Sarah Seimes and her neighbors Marian Tremmel, Karen Semet and Chris Lubenetski ,of Alburtis wanted to do something to thank the first responders and those who serve in the military for what they do. The friends got together and came up with the idea of having a first responder/military appreciation day and blood drive in Alburtis.
The event recently was held at the borough pool and hosted by the Alburtis Police Department and the Alburtis Area Community Center.
As word spread, volunteers from the community came forward to help and sponsors donated 33 prizes for a raffle.
Also, by the day of the event, donor slots for the blood drive were full.
In addition to the raffle, there were games, food and an inflatable bounce ride for children. Equipment from Seisholtzville Fire Co., Goodwill Fire Co., Alburtis Fire Rescue and Macungie Ambulance were displayed in the parking lot.
Proceeds from this event were donated to Alburtis Police Department to help with crime prevention.
“This is our first year giving this a try and I would say that it was an overall success. Thank you to everyone who made this day possible. We had wonderful donations, great vendors and amazing volunteers,” Seimes said.