Stacie Fulcher, the lady who was helped by employees of Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services who received a new freezer to store breast milk for her new baby, came by Fire Headquarters on Tuesday to thank those who donated to help with the purchase.
On October 25th of this year, Captain Kyle Joy with the Amarillo Fire Department in Texas, contacted Tim Cavender, Public Information Officer (PIO) for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services, asking for assistance with helping Stacie. Joy is also the Director and Co-founder of Third Strand. Third Strand is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide safe donor breast milk to healthy nursing babies who have lost a mother or whose mothers are unable to breastfeed due to a serious illness, such as cancer. In addition, the organization also has a program that allows them to provide safe donor milk to families of adopted newborn infants.
Joy contacted Cavender to inform him that they were shipping 10 gallons of breast milk to Fulcher the following week. Unfortunately, she didn’t have a freezer to store the milk once it arrived and wanted to know if the fire department could be of assistance. After their conversation, Cavender began making phone calls to see if he could locate a freezer. Fortunately, the Lowes Home Improvement Store in Canton offered to sell a freezer to the department at cost. After receiving the offer, Cavender began to think of ways on how to get the money to purchase the freezer. “I have a great bunch of co-workers and administrative staff here at the fire department’s headquarters, so I began to tell them about the dilemma and asked if anyone would be willing to make a donation to make the purchase. Within a few hours, I received enough money to get the freezer,” stated Cavender.
Stacie brought her son and newborn baby to Fire Headquarters to give Christmas cookies to those who donated money for her cause.