Snow Shoe EMS seeks donations for new ambulance

Snow Shoe EMS, a volunteer organization, needs a new ambulance.

The group of volunteers respond to about 400 ambulance calls a year. The organization recruits members dedicated to “volunteering” to save lives.

The ambulance they’ve been using is more than 16 years old and needs to be replaced due to transmission failure. The cost of replacing the transmission is more than what the ambulance is actually worth.

The group has made a decision to purchase a new ambulance and has already raised $6,000. The new ambulance costs $163,000.

The group is asking local organizations for donations to assist with the purchase.

The organization is instrumental in the Snow Shoe community, hosting community CPR classes and blood drives. They are also a designated emergency shelter.

According to a press release, they do not receive any tax dollars from the community, “the money we make is from third-party billing for ambulance calls and their weekly bingo.”

To volunteer or donate, contact the organization at 387-4499.

Jalelah Ahmed, 231-4631,