Cumberland Farms store to donate thousands to local fire department

The new Cumberland Farms convenience store on Route 4 in North Greenbush will present a check for more than $3,700 to the DeFreestville Fire Department tomorrow after a fundraiser pulled in more cash than expected.

Representatives of the convenience store said the month-long grand opening promotion of donating 20 cents to the department for every Chill Zone beverage and iced or hot coffee sold was anticipated to bring in around $1,000. Instead, the store more than tripled that figure, and will give $3,725.40 to firefighters during a ceremony tomorrow morning.

Cumberland Farms manager Ross McGowan will present the check to Fire Chief Raymond Stewart, department president Robert Durivage and vice president Bill Stewart.

"This fundraiser is our way of acknowledging those who risk their lives to save others in the community," said Ari Haseotes, president of Cumberland Farms Retail Division. "It’s our pleasure to help the DeFreestville Fire Department fund the equipment they need to keep our community safe."

The Cumberland Farms chain has donated more than $100,000 this year to support local organizations in the northeast

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