If you’re a current subscriber, log in below. If you would like to subscribe, please click the subscribe tab above.
Username and Password Help
The line for the Post Volunteer Fire Department’s 25th Annual Chili Supper extended outside of the fire station Saturday, Feb. 15.
A pair of black fire boots that held donations sat next to a sign in list. Down the line, firefighters and volunteers served chili along with Fritos, jalapenos, cheese and other toppings.
Girl Scouts also attended the chili supper, selling cookies for dessert.
The fire house, usually packed with firetrucks and gear, was crowded with tables full of community members enjoying hot bowls of chili.
The 250 pounds of chili meat had been cooked that morning by Chief Jimmy Valdez and his team. Valdez said that usually the department has about 25 pounds leftover after serving for several hours.
“Our goal was to sell out,” Valdez said.
And that is exactly what they did. This year, within an hour and 45 minutes, the fire department had completely run out setting a new record.
Valdez estimated that over 500 people ate from the chili supper with about 250 signing the sign in sheet. Some even brought pots and dishes from home to fill with chili to go.
Being the only fundraiser the fire department has all year, Valdez and the rest of the fire department are very thankful for all of the communities’ contributions.
“Thank you all once again that came out to the chili supper,” the Post Volunteer Fire Department wrote on Facebook. “Thank you to all the sponsorships and donations from every single one of you! It really does mean a lot to know we have so much support in this town. We definitely felt the love and support from this great community.”
Volunteer Firefighter Jamie Hernandez feels the same.
“I’m proud to say I’m from the community of Post,” Hernandez said. “We felt the love and are very thankful for our sponsors and everyone that came out to the Post Volunteer Fire Department Chili Supper!”
The fire department ended their bustling night with their heads bowed, thanking God for their blessings.
“We want to thank the community,” Valdez said. “Thank you all.”