Grinch steals $1k from fire department’s Christmas tree fundraiser

    John Minchillo/Associated Press

    John Minchillo/Associated Press

    A volunteer fire company at the Jersey Shore says it’s devastated after discovering that a Grinch stole proceeds from its annual Christmas tree fundraiser. 

    In its third year, the Independent Fire Company No. 1 in Spring Lake Heights is offering fresh cut trees and free trimming and delivery until Friday, Dec. 23. The money goes toward helping the department maintain its firehouse. 

    But someone recently stole the register for the tree sales, containing about $1,000, according to a posting on the fire department’s Facebook page.

    “We are upset and devastated to announce that we have been the victim of a real life grinch,” the posting said. “Be aware, be alert, and be on the lookout for a horrible person who is not below stealing from a volunteer community fundraiser.”

    A department spokesman told that they typically raise a few thousands dollars and are not certain that they’ll break even after the theft. 

    A police investigation is ongoing.

    In response to a question on its Facebook page about financially supporting the organization, anyone interested can drop off donations at the firehouse or mail to Independent Fire Company #1 (700 6th Avenue, Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762).

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