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Donors arrange for pizza for firefighters

 

ometown Pizza owner Rod Desjardins, left, and Tim Whittaker load 51 large size pizzas into Whitaker's vehicle Friday destined for firefighters on the Colville Reservation. A like number were prepared Monday for another delivery to "hot shot" fire camps on the North Star fire. A number of businesses and individuals donated money to purchase the pizzas, doing their part in helping to provide food for firefighters in outlying areas.

A number of local donors, both individuals and businesses, purchased over 100 large pizzas and delivered them to firefighters on the Colville Indian Reservation Friday and Monday.

Tim Whittaker, who took charge of the deliveries, loaded 51 pizzas in his vehicle Friday and delivered them to the agency grounds and then made a repeat trip on Monday with a like number.

The pizzas were quickly transported to "spike camps" to reach "hot shot" fire crews who work in remote areas.

Whittaker said the pizzas were still hot when he delivered them both days.

Rod Desjardins, owner of Hometown Pizza in Grand Coulee, kept two ovens busy turning out the pizzas both days.

Whittaker said Monday that the plan is to continue pizza deliveries to firefighters again later this month.

Businesses who helped with the expenses include Grand Coulee Physical Therapy; A. J. Gerard Building Co.; Foisy & Kennedy; Tri-City Auto Parts; Bird's Auto Glass & Body Shop; Loepp Furniture; Grand Coulee Center Lodge; Pepper Jack's Bar & Grille; Lawrence R. Rehn, D.D.S.; Buchanan Armory; Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union; North Cascade Bank; and Les Schwab Tires.

Individuals helping with the expenses were Whittaker, Gary Powell, David Harder, Janet Sanchez, Gerald Beierman, David Bastian, Charles Mooney, Tracy White, Kara Bicknell, D. J. Kreiter, Henry D. Wiebe, Robin Tess, Ron Rinker, Jeff Shelby and George Kohout.

Bastian kept track of the paperwork.

Those wishing to donate to the next round of pizza deliveries can drop off checks at Hometown Pizza, Whittaker noted.

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