Volunteer fire department needs successful auction to rebuild

Paykin Beverage, son of volunteer firefighter Jared Beverage, shows just how high the water got in certain parts of the fire department. (Submitted photo)

A volunteer fire department is relying on an annual auction held in Jones County to help them get back on their feet.

The Trenton Volunteer Fire Department was flooded with several feet of water during Hurricane Florence.

Despite several months passing since the storm hit Eastern North Carolina, many communities in the area are still recovering. Trenton is no different.

Despite setbacks, the fire station is looking ahead to the future. They can't do that without the community's help.

The group is using the Trenton Volunteer Fire Department's 47th Annual Farm Equipment and General Auction as a launching pad for rebuilding.

"This year is extremely important to have success to help us recover from the equipment loss and damages we sustained," said volunteer firefighter Jared Beverage.

Everything starts at the Jones County Fairgrounds in Trenton on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. You can bring items to sell on Thursday and Friday.

Something unique for this year's auction are the t-shirts that will be for sale. The back of the shirts show a picture of Trenton after Hurricane Florence with the phrase, "When time stood still and the waters rose, our neighbors became heroes."

According to Beverage, the shirts are $15 each for XL and any size under that, $16 for XXL, $17 for 3XL and $18 for 4XL. The auction is a $5 per item line fee with 10% of the sale capped at $250.

If you're not interested in purchasing anything but would still like to help, the department accepts donations of any amount. Barbecue pork and chicken plates will also be for sale. Parking is free.

Other items at the auction include farm/industrial equipment, trucks, furniture, homemade baked goods and a flea market.

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