Grace United Methodist Church donates to Valley Stream firefighters’ burn fund


In a warm display of community spirit, Valley Stream residents rallied together during the recent Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner, hosted by Grace United Methodist Church. After a brief hiatus, the event made its comeback this year, bringing neighbors together to savor delicious pancakes in the spirit of fellowship, all while supporting a cause close to home. This year’s fundraising efforts focused on donating to the Valley Stream Fire Department Burn Fund, established in memory of Chief John Tate and Chief Mike Moran, who perished in the line of duty in the Temple Fire.

Thanks to the generosity of attendees and the dedicated efforts of volunteers, a total of $900 was raised during the evening. This fund, currently at $100,000, serves as a lifeline for both the Valley Stream Fire Department and the broader community, offering aid for individuals impacted by burn-related injuries.

“We are deeply grateful for the steadfast support demonstrated by our community,” said Rev. Dr. Jeffrey L. Hooker, Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church and a dedicated Valley Stream Fire Department firefighter and Chaplain. “Events like these not only bring us together in fellowship but also enable us to make a tangible difference in the lives of those in need right here in the Village of Valley Stream.”