O’Sail, a 501©(3) non-profit organization supporting the arts and infrastructure of Lake Gaston announces five grants awarded to nonprofit organizations for projects serving the Lake Gaston Community.

 Five grants are awarded this year to:

Helpful Hearts & Hands, Lake Gaston Weed Control Council, Littleton Vol. Fire Dept., LKG911 Community Task Force and Longbridge Vol. Fire Dept.

Helpful Hearts and Hands plan to use the grant for a larger trailer to haul materials and equipment.

Jeff Zimmer said Lake Gaston Weed Control Council would use the grant to replace and upgrade equipment used to collect and analyze water samples in their yearly survey. The survey helps to support and protect aquatic management.

Littleton Vol. Fire Dept will replace inflatable vest and purchase new side scan sonar equipment.

LKG911 Community Task Force has plans to purchase more information brochures and reflective equipment.

Fire chief Bruce Dunlevy expressed the importance of a grant allowing the department to purchase night vision goggles. He said not too long ago they could have really used the goggles while searching for a missing boat.

All projects are expected to be completed in 2023.