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Albany firefighters make contribution to Red Cross

Calendar sales generate $1,200 for the Red Cross

Albany firefighter Donald Jackson, right, the calendar project coordinator, presented $1,200 to the American Red Cross, Flint River chapter. Nature Malone accepted the donation for the Red Cross. (Staff Photo: Jim West)

Albany firefighter Donald Jackson, right, the calendar project coordinator, presented $1,200 to the American Red Cross, Flint River chapter. Nature Malone accepted the donation for the Red Cross. (Staff Photo: Jim West)

ALBANY — Some Albany firefighters made a sizable donation Friday to the Flint River chapter of the American Red Cross.

Last August, 13 members of the Albany Fire Department — 11 of them male — began selling calendars that featured the participants posed in “something less” than regulation gear.

Included in the calendars were important safety tips, such as specific days for changing smoke alarms. The $10 calendars were hawked at book signings at various Albany locations, including Sam’s Club, Walmart and the Albany Mall, said Donald Jackson, firefighter and project coordinator.

“This year, we chose the Red Cross because of what they do for fire victims,” Jackson said. “When we go out to fires and the families are displaced and have nowhere to go, the Red Cross is there for them.

“They step right up to make sure the people have a hotel room and something to eat.”

While falling short of their goal of $3,000, the $1,200 check was still more than the 2013 contribution to The Albany Salvation Army, last year’s recipient, and it was appreciated by The Red Cross.

“This really helps out a lot,” said Nature Malone, administrative coordinator for the American Red Cross, Flint River chapter. “This has been a great contribution from the firefighters, because not only do they put their lives in jeopardy during fires, but they’ve also decided to give back to the American Red Cross.”