Family hosts benefit for firefighter

Category:  News
Friday, February 14th, 2020 at 10:43 AM
Family hosts benefit for firefighter by Thomas Taylor
First Church of God in Cambridge Springs is the location of the benefit. | Photo: Thomas Taylor

In times of hardship, the community can come together and give back to those in need. A local family lost their home in a fire in December, and has received aid from the American Red Cross of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Now, they are giving back to the community and asking those around them to help rebuild.  

The Garver Family, who lost their home in December to an electrical fire will be hosting a charity event February 15. The event will have a spaghetti dinner, Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle.   

Matt Garver, a fire police captain who has worked with the Cambridge Springs Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years, escaped the fire with his family.  

They had lost possessions along with the house, including two cats. There was no insurance on the house or possessions. “We went from the house, which we lost everything, to a hotel for a week, and then we ended up getting a two-bedroom trailer.” Explained Kathy Garver, wife of Matt Garver. 

The Garver family has been getting assistance from the community, who is coming together to help them. “We had a lot of people for the benefit donate stuff so we can use it for the Chinese auction.” Jennifer Garver, daughter of Matt and Kathy said. She added the biggest step now is to have people come to the benefit.  

So it’s starting to really come together, the community. Hopefully, we’ll see what the crowds bring.” said Matt Garver. He added they currently have about 150 items for the auction. This includes shirts, hats, and gift baskets for children and adults, including hunting and camo, Spider-Man, and bath and beauty supplies. Additional items include a 50 -inch TV provided by Lighthouse Insurance in Erie, and a lap steel guitar.  

The event will be held on February 15 at the First Church of God in Cambridge Springs from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children who are 12 and under. Donations by cash and checks are encouraged.  

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