Buy a brick or two

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, July 12, 2017

If the vast number of people who pick up this newspaper on a weekly basis or visit our website daily were to each purchase two bricks for $5 for the new Charlotte Court House Volunteer Fire Department, the building would have brick on its four exterior walls within about an hour with enough leftover to erect a new sign indicating the presence of the new fire house.

We encourage those who live, work and play in Charlotte County to rally behind the volunteer agency and purchase bricks for the new structure in efforts to have its facade match that of the historic character of Charlotte Court House.

According to a press release from the fire department, volunteers are seeking donations to purchase bricks for the sides of the 7,200-square-foot building.

“Its central location will help the department respond quickly in all directions,” officials said in a press release. “The new building is white. In order to help it blend in with the historic character of Charlotte Court House, plans are proceeding to brick it. The chosen brick matches that on the David Bruce Building (the old Health Department) in size and shape. The mortar color will be the same as well. The details over the windows and doors will be copied from those at Randolph-Henry with a buff keystone center. The present challenge is funding the project.”

According to the release, $5 purchases two bricks. “Over 20,000 bricks are needed to complete this project.”

According to project leaders, donations may be sent to the Charlotte Court House Town Office, P.O. Box 246, Charlotte Court House, VA, 23923.

“If you would like to make a donation in memory or honor of someone special, note that on your donation. A display will be created in the fire house documenting these gifts,” officials said.

We thank the organizers and those working behind the scenes of the project for supporting our volunteer firemen — one of our community’s greatest assets — and encourage the community to do the same through helping brick the community’s newest fire house.