An upcoming Highland Grove and Wilberforce fire associations fundraiser is selling rain barrels to fund community initiatives.

The proceeds will go to people who have lost homes due to fire, and fund community events and education campaigns.

“By fundraising and hosting community events it not only helps promote emergency preparedness, it also brings the community together in a friendly social atmosphere, which I am sure we can all agree everyone needs after the past two years,” said Highland Grove fire captain Tom Burroughs.

Each barrel, used to trap rainwater, comes with a leaf and mosquito filter basket, spigot and an overflow adapter and hose.

Rain barrels are available for purchase online and at a May 28 truckload sale at the Highland Grove Community Centre between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the stations will host a fundraising BBQ and provide refreshments.

Burroughs added the station will be recruiting volunteer firefighters. “It is a fun and rewarding way to give back to the community and help people when they are at their greatest need,” he said. Barrels can be pre-purchased at highlandgrovefireassociation/.