Fully aware that its water rescue certification is about to expire, the Lehighton Fire Department knew exactly where to turn.

Fortunately for the department, their call for help has been answered by an organization that pledges its support to such community endeavors.

As it has become known for, Crusaders For a Cause of Palmerton generously donated funds to pay for new water rescue equipment for the department.

Christine Obrecht, president of the organization, said the group donated $600 it raised through a coin pitch it held last month to ensure the department would receive the equipment.

Obrecht said the money helped pay for a rescue stretcher flotation collar, a pulley, two packs of pics of life, and two head lamps, of which the department has one in its possession.

"We're always glad to help, and they were in need of equipment," Obrecht said. "Hopefully, we can possibly help them through another fundraiser we're planning in the spring."

Rodney Rehnert, lieutenant, Lehighton Fire Department, said that while a minimum of $5,000 is needed to afford all the necessities, the department is grateful for the donation.

"We raised money between the club upstairs [above the fire department], and we raised funds ourselves," Rehnert said. "There's a lot more equipment we need, but this is stuff we didn't have."

Rehnert said the department became certified in water rescue in 2007, and that the certification runs out this year.

Monetary contributions have become the norm for Crusaders For a Cause. In August, the group donated two Stearns U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation jackets, along with two stainless steel carabineers all valued at about $600, to the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company.

The organization was incorporated in May 2009, under the Non-Profit Corporation Law of 1988 as amended, to help raise money for various charities.

Those charities include Relay For Life/American Cancer Society, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, March of Dimes, and many other community causes or projects.

For more information on Crusaders For A Cause, visit its website at www.crusaders4acause.mysite.com.