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F&M Trust offices accepting fireworks donations

(Chambersburg, PA) - F&M Trust community offices throughout Franklin County will serve as collection points for donations made to the Cumberland Valley 21 Day Retreat Organization to help pay for Independence Day fireworks at Chambersburg’s Memorial Park.

Since 1986, the Cumberland Valley 21 Day Retreat Organization has sponsored the fireworks at the Memorial Park on July 4. Each year over 20,000 people view the fireworks, which is the culmination of a "Day at the Park" that includes games, food and beverage stands, a flag ceremony, and a patriotic music concert. But with donations from local businesses, veterans groups, and fraternal organizations declining, the organization is reaching out to firework watchers through a "Donate A Dollar" (DAD) campaign.

According to Mike Sabol, chairman of the event, “Some people attend the fireworks at the park and make a donation, however, there are many more who view the fireworks from neighboring parking lots at K-Mart and Giant on Wayne Avenue, the Harley Davidson parking lot on Falling Spring Road, or St, Paul Church on Norland Avenue, just to name a few. During these tough times, some local businesses and fraternal organizations have been unable to donate and others have cut their support in half.So, we need help from those who watch and enjoy the fireworks.”

Donations can be made at any F&M Trust community office in Franklin County from May 25 through August 30. Donors can donate a dollar or more if they like.

“Stop in at any F&M Trust office,” says Sabol, “And tell the teller, ‘Here’s my dollar for the fireworks!’”

The Cumberland Valley 21 Day Retreat Organization, a nonprofit group, also sponsors the Memorial Day and Veterans Day parades in Chambersburg, provides flags along Lincoln Way East, North Main and South Main Street between parades, and provides a Veterans Transportation Network Van to transport Veterans to and from the VA Hospital in Martinsburg, WV.

F&M Trust is an independent community bank headquartered in Chambersburg with over $1 billion in assets.With twenty-five community-banking offices in Franklin, Cumberland, Fulton, Huntington, and Cumberland Counties, the bank has offices in Chambersburg, St. Thomas, Waynesboro, Mont Alto, Greencastle, Marion, Shippensburg, Newville, Carlisle, Camp Hill, Boiling Springs, McConnellsburg, Warfordsburg, Hustontown, and Orbisonia.