Firefighters donate proceeds from t-shirt sale to food bank
12/18/2007, 6:05 p.m. EST
The Associated Press
NEWBERRY, Mich. (AP) — Firefighters who battled the Sleeper Lake Fire in the Upper Peninsula are donating proceeds from a T-shirt sale to a local food bank.
More than 200 crew members with numerous agencies worked on the fire, which burned more than 18,000 acres north of Newberry last summer.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Ada Takacs says firefighters spent their own funds on commemorative T-shirts.
But they had money left over because some people paid extra. So they've donated $1,900 to the Eastern Upper Peninsula Food Bank.
Takacs says firefighters wanted to help the local community because it was so supportive of them during the third-largest fire in modern Michigan history.
The shirts are still on sale in a few Newberry-area stores.
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