By Lonnie Huhman,

Stuff a Truck was a big success for the Chelsea Area Fire Authority, and in turn a big help for Faith In Action.

The results of the holiday-time project were delivered to Faith In Action’s office in Chelsea on Jan. 9. Just before Christmas, CAFA began a drive to help people in need in the community, which included a day at Polly’s Country Market with a fire truck ready to be stuffed.

CAFA collected non-perishable food items, toiletries, baby supplies, toys and new or lightly-used clothing for all seasons at Polly’s and at 200 Middle St. in Chelsea.


“It was really good,” CAFA Capt. Scott Basar said of the effort that saw a lot of community help.

“This was our first time doing this and we were a little low key, but we’re pleasantly surprised at the amount of charity shown by the community,” Basar said.

He said they took in and delivered a lot to Faith In Action. From clothes, food and toys, he said quite a bit was given.

“We will definitely do this again next year, but we might do it as soon as this summer, in June or July,” Basar said. “They-Faith In Action-have times when they run low on supplies, so we want to help when we can.”

Faith In Action Assistant Director Sarah Shugart said the help and donations are a big help.

“We’re pretty excited by the volume given and generosity shown by the community,” Shugart said.

She said the food will go in the pantry to be distributed and the clothes will also be given out over the coming weeks and month. The toys will help them make their annual Easter baskets, she said.

“As always, we are super appreciative of the community,” Shugart said.


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