Saguache Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary hosts a fundraising bake sale

Photo by Marie Mccolm The Saguache Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary held a fundraising bake sale on Friday, Nov. 10, in front of the Saguache Town Market.

Auxiliary also gives information about the Fire Department

SAGUACHE — The Saguache Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary held a fundraising bake sale on Friday, Nov. 10, in front of the Saguache Town Market. The bake sale was held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The women at the sale were all smiles and plenty of people lined up to purchase baked goods.

The items offered at the sale included a fresh variety of sweets and breads with sugar-free and gluten-free options as well. The auxiliary sold zucchini, pumpkin, banana, and cornbread, cookies, pies, muffins, and much more. Around noon, the group was down to just a few cookies and a few muffins.

Co-chair for the auxiliary Chella Moores said they had done well.

“We sold a lot this morning. The support we have gotten from the community and the locals has been so great. We had a lot of baked goods with us, this has been great,” Moores said.

Co-chair for the auxiliary Jessica Phillips also spoke about the volunteer department and other fundraising events.

“There are 13 members in the volunteer fire department,” she said. “They have around 200 fires per year. The volunteers are also first responders, so they answer all other calls as well. We try to hold a bake sale two times a year. As another fundraising event, we will also be holding our annual New Year’s celebration, a dinner and dance, and an auction at the Saguache County Community building. Everyone is invited to attend that too.”

Phillips said that the volunteer fire department is excited about auctioning off a .22 Tribute Rifle that was donated to them by the Salida Gunshop, at this year's New Year’s celebration. She said that since Saguache doesn’t really have a business community, they rely on the entire Valley including Salida, Alamosa, and Monte Vista to help with things.

“We really appreciate all the support the businesses give us. Kudos to all the businesses that help us out,” she said.

Phillips said that the fire department also does other things for the community. Phillips, who is also a teacher, said that October was Fire Prevention Awareness Month. The department visited schools dressed in full gear to talk to the kids about fire safety. They also gave the kids coloring books and crayons along with packets with helmets and a little craft for the kids to put together a small fire truck.

Cassandra Bison of the auxiliary said that they also had a junior crew on the fire department. There were two children sitting with the women as well. Bison introduced Hadley Livings, and Wesson Hall. Bison said that both kids make it to all the meetings.

“We brag about the demographic because we finally have a crew that has all age groups. That is our goal to keep a demographic of all the kids and have them make it to all the meetings too,” Bison said.   

The Saguache Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1902. The Chief is Kendal Adolph.

For more information about the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department, visit their Facebook page.