The Westerville Division of Fire will open its doors to area children this weekend so they can learn about fire safety while helping out families in need.

The Westerville Division of Fire will open its doors to area children this weekend so they can learn about fire safety while helping out families in need.

This Saturday, the fire division and the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) will offer "Be a Hero Day," a time for children to get up close and personal with fire division personnel and their equipment, according to Amanda Lee, an Otterbein College student working with WARM to coordinate the event.

Families and children are encouraged to bring at least one canned good or nonperishable food item, per person, for admission to the event. The donations will benefit WARM, Lee said.

"There are so many families in Westerville that are in need, and we wanted to do something to raise awareness of the issue of hunger," she said. "There are lots of people who give to WARM before and around the holidays, but we wanted to remind the community that WARM still needs help during the rest of the year."

WARM is a non-profit Westerville organization that provides short-term assistance, education services and spiritual support to encourage individuals to achieve a self-sufficient life, Lee said.

Be a Hero Day takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Westerville Fire Station 111, 400 W. Main St. During that time, children will have a chance to meet Westerville firefighters, tour the fire station and climb aboard a fire truck.

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