Lafayette, IND. (WLFI) - This year marks the 72nd Annual Buck Creek Fire Department fish fry. Organizers spend thousands of dollars to get this event off the ground, especially on their fliers.
They pay for the printing and postage of their fliers to the tune of nearly $4,000.
But recurring problems with the U.S. Postal Service allegedly not mailing all their fliers is impacting the event.
The purpose of the fish fry is to raise money for the volunteer firemen and women in Washington Township.
“They are volunteers,” event organizer Lisa Spitznagle emphasized. “They are working 365 days, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. This is the least we can do.”
And this is an event the entire community has gotten behind for decades.
"Every year we serve well over 2,500 people and we have hundreds of volunteers," said Spitznagle.
The money raised helps the fire department to cover expensive costs.
"It takes like $10,000 just to equip one firefighter," she said. "And we are instrumental in getting them the equipment they need, the radios they need, the training they need
Part of raising the funds is through mailing fliers across the entire Lafayette area.
According to an invoice from 2017, organizers ordered 6,335 fliers to be printed and paid postage for all of them. Coming to a grand total of $3,913.33.
But according to Spitznagle, a sizeable portion of these fliers never reached their destination. And she said this has been happening for the past three years.
Now the fish fry organizers are turning to the United States Postal Service for answers.
“Certain people are not getting these fliers and this is years in the making,” she said. “They are just not getting them delivered and multiple people in the same area.”
The area she is referring to is just east of the downtown Lafayette area, near 900 East and 775 East.
The fliers include raffle tickets that are crucial to raising funds for the volunteer firefighters.
"People send in their raffle tickets and will send donations as well,” she said.
But according to Spitznagle, when people don’t get their fliers, the amount of money they are able to raise suffers.
Organizers have done their own bit of investigation into the issue. Even filing formal written complaints with the Post Office on South Street in Lafayette where they send the fliers from.
But they have received no answers from the Postal Service.
"We're paying for them to be delivered and we are paying to have them printed," she said. “I just want the post office to deliver these fliers to everyone on their route.”
The fliers for this years fish fry will be mailed next week. Spitznagle wants everyone who is expecting a flyer to get one.
"We just love our firefighters and we want this to go better this year,” she said.
We stopped by the post office on South Street today and they were not able to comment.
We also reached out to the Postal Service Headquarters located in Indianapolis and have yet to get a response.
Spitznagle encourages anyone who is not receiving fliers that should to either reach out through the Washington Township Fire Department Facebook page or reach out to her at A Fire’s Place. That number is 765-446-949.
Click here to learn more about the 72nd Annual Buck Creek Fish Fry.
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