PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Fire Department is helping Families at Safehouse Crisis Center have a traditional Thanksgiving meal by donating a turkey, ham, stuffing and more.
On Tuesday the fire station presented the food to Safehouse Crisis Center Program Director Brooke Powell and Shelter Manager Jessena Schultze.

They piled the turkey and rolls into the car for the survivors of violence at Safehouse, which will come together in the kitchen and make a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner this week.

“It’s a really neat thing,” Powell said. “We try to make it normal and special as possible, they may be away from family.

“The holidays can be difficult, we try to go beyond to make special for them.”

Schultze agreed.

“This is really great, it helps a lot,” she said.

Schultze said the fire station’s donation will help make a normal Thanksgiving dinner and coming together for the mela will help the survivors feel less isolated in their situation.

Captain Rich Wood said the fire department started the charity fund in 1998 and since then has helped people in the community, from food to Christmas toys. The charity is funded by each fire fighter, who take $60 out of their own pocket to help others.

“We like to give back to the community and help everyone have a happy Thanksgiving and enjoying having dinner like everyone else does,” he said.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.