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Axemen To ‘Fill The Bus’ With School Supplies

From left, Keith Ecklund and Dan Butera, Axemen Professional Firefighters Motorcycle Club New York Chapter 4 members, discuss the club’s “Fill the Bus” school supply fundraiser during a Jamestown City Council work session meeting Monday. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

For the sixth year, the Axemen Professional Firefighters Motorcycle Club New York Chapter 4 will “Fill the Bus” with school supplies for students in the Jamestown and Falconer School Districts.

On Monday, Keith Ecklund and Dan Butera, Axemen Professional Firefighters Motorcycle Club New York Chapter 4 members, discussed the annual school supply fundraiser during a Jamestown City Council work session meeting. Ecklund said the club has yellow bins at several area businesses, including all banks and credit unions, where people can donate to the annual school supply fundraiser. He said the bins were donated by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.

The school supply drive will collect pens, pencils, erasers, folders, spiral notebooks, dividers, index cards, highlighters, back packs, zipper pouches, post it notes, pencil boxes, rulers, tissues, crayons, wide/college ruled filler paper and three ring binders.

Ecklund said national motorcycle club members are professional firefighters, which includes retirees.

“Our whole goal is charity work,” Ecklund said.

The Axemen have partnered with Cummins once again to also provide school supplies to a school district outside of Jamestown and Falconer. Ecklund said last year the club donated school supplies to Clymer Central School. He said this year the club will pick a school district to the east of Jamestown for the school supply donation. He added on Sept. 28 there will be a school supply collection day that will be held in the parking lot of Jimmy’s Family Restaurant in Brooklyn Square.

The school supply collection is also made possible through the efforts of the city of Jamestown Office of Public Safety, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, Chautauqua Striders and Harley-Davidson of Jamestown.

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