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Helping Hands

December 16, 2013
Weirton Daily Times
The Weirton Fire Department and St. Paul School raised $2,500 for local charity Athena’s Closet by selling breast cancer awareness T-shirts. The pupils also held a free-dress day, during which students could wear clothes other than their school uniforms by making a $1 donation. The fire department has raised money for Athena’s Closet for four years, donating approximately $10,000 to defray expenses incurred by local cancer patients that aren’t covered by medical insurance. This is the first year the children have joined them. Those attending the check presentation include, from left, front, Firefighters Local 948 President Jim Brueck and Patti Blanc of Athena’s Closet, second row, firefighter Gary Hostuttler, eighth-graders Jonathan Serafine, Max Fiedorczyk, Wesley Noble and Lauren Taylor and St. Paul Development Director Laura Rauch, and, back, eighth-grader Jimmy DeMarco, firefighter Jim Hirkala, Fire Chief Jerry Shumate, firefighter Mike Veltri, Local Vice President Adam Mills and firefighters Dan Mastrantoni, Thomas Baumgardner and Rick Gutwald. Breast cancer awareness shirts are available from the last week of September through October. Some shirts in various styles are still available for a $20 donation. To inquire about a shirt, stop in fire department headquarters at the municipal plaza or call (304) 797-8297. -- Summer Wallace-Minger

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