Arlington Fire Department aims to help community through new nonprofit

05/23/2014 4:49 PM

05/23/2014 4:50 PM

The Arlington Fire Department does much more than just put out fires.

The department’s new Random Acts of Kindness program helps individuals and families in the city meet the needs of everyday living. The nonprofit group has helped a teenage girl with expensive dental surgery and has worked to rebuild a wooden fence for a widow.

The organization’s purpose is to help improve the quality of life of the people the department serve, Battalion Chief Joe Morris said. Firefighters in the field “keep their eyes open for citizen needs” and come to Morris when they have an idea.

The group has held fundraisers as well as connect families with businesses that are willing to donate to their cause.

An upcoming concert at Fort Worth’s Queen City Music Hall is the group’s next benefit. The goal is to raise $10,000 to $15,000 to support the Random Acts of Kindness, meaning the money will in turn go toward the people it helps, Morris said.

“We see someone all the time who has needs,” he said. “I’ve been a firefighter for 28 years, and I can’t tell you the number of times we sit at the station and say, ‘Guys, we need to help that person.’ It’s all about helping people in a way that isn’t traditional to our department.”

Random Acts of Kindness started through a youth advisory council consisting of high school students who help brainstorm fundraiser ideas, he said. One student mentioned a benefit concert, and from there the department sought to raise money to keep the program going.

Country artists Heather Little, The Aaron Sandoval Band and Clay Thrash are scheduled to perform at the June 6 benefit, which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $40 each. Queen City Music Hall is at 425 Commerce St. in downtown Fort Worth.

For more information, visit the Arlington Fire Department Random Acts of Kindness Facebook page.

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