Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services visited a lady in Acworth today to present her with a new freezer to store breast milk for her new baby.
Last Thursday, 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 a lady in Acworth. 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 a lady in Acworth. 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.
According to Kyle Joy, “I blindly reached out to the Cherokee County Fire Department when I learned of the family's need for a small deep freezer to store the milk we would be shipping. I was quickly directed to Tim Cavender, their Public Information Officer for the department, and within an hour had a commitment from this amazing fire department to not only purchase a freezer for the family, but to deliver it to their home as well.”
This afternoon, Cavender, Lt. Danny Carder and Sgt. Chris Martin, made arrangements to travel to the home of Stacie Fulcher to present her with the new freezer. Stacie was diagnosed with breast cancer about 2 years ago and had to have a double mastectomy. She is now, however, cancer free.
About an hour before the delivery, Stacie’s husband, Jeff, notified us that his wife had gone into labor this morning. Fortunately, Stacie’s father-in-law and her four year old son stayed behind so the firefighters could deliver the freezer. Cherokee County firefighters delivered the freezer around 2 o’clock this afternoon so the Fulchers could be ready for the breast milk when it arrives tomorrow.
To learn more about the Third Strand Foundation, go to their website at www.thirdstrand.foundation. Congratulations to the Fulcher family and best of luck with the new baby girl!