VILLA PARK – The Village of Villa Park recently received a donation of 95 gallons of paint from Rustoleum Paint Corporation to be used in the village's Adopt-a-Hydrant program.
This program began three years ago as a way to raise money for the Villa Park Fire Department. Local families, businesses and community groups can adopt a fire hydrant in town and use special paint to decorate their designated fire hydrants.
It's because of this program that the local hydrants in town are decorated like Dalmatian pups, Willowbrook Warriors, firefighters, flowers and more.
With the donation from Rustoleum, all of the money collected through the program will go directly to the fire department. Previously, some of the adoption fee was used to cover the cost of paint and other supplies.
Since the start of the program, 239 hydrants have been adopted and almost $35,000 has been raised for the fire department.
Anyone interested in adopting a hydrant can call Erin Knackstedt in the village manager's office at 630-592-6052.
The minimum donation is $25 for a family, $35 for community organizations and groups, $50 for businesses and $100 for major corporations.