SHOS gives back to first responders

As part of its "Salute to Local Heroes" charity campaign, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores has teamed up with the National Volunteer Fire Council to help raise funds for fire departments across the country.

"Increasing budget cuts in fire departments nationwide are making it extremely difficult for firefighters to properly do their job, especially since seven in 10 firefighters are volunteers," said Heather Schafer, executive director of the National Volunteer Fire Council. "Campaigns like 'Salute to Local Heroes' are critical for volunteer firehouses to have the necessary resources to perform their jobs safely and effectively while protecting their local communities."

The effort will raise funds for one local fire department per Sears Hometown store, specifically to bolster training efforts, equipment needs, medical treatment, building maintenance and family assistance for first responders.

Customers and employees will be able to make donations at the register between Nov. 23 and Dec. 31, 100% of which will go to the local fire station. 

Craftsman has also signed on to be part of the effort: $2 from each Craftsman Bottle Cap Wrench will automatically go toward the donation.

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