Robin Peters, executive director of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, also said she was happy they could help by donating the ATV.
“I just want to thank all of you here today for what you do. We’re thrilled to be able to give back in some way, and hopefully this ATV, it’s going to be able to protect your lives and save others,” she said.
Peters also discussed how the foundation began.
Firehouse Subs was founded by two former firefighters and brothers, Chris and Robin Sorenson. In 2005, they went to Mississippi to help after Hurricane Katrina.
“They went there thinking they were just going to feed firefighters, but when they got there, it was much bigger than anything they expected,” Peters said.
They ended up feeding not only firefighters but also victims and volunteers. After spending eight days there, they made their way back home after hardly sleeping and not bathing, she said.
“They were deeply, deeply changed after that,” Peters said. “They said, ‘You know what? We’re in the position to do something special,’ and that’s when they established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.”
With the foundation, they made a commitment of giving back to first responders.
Knowing the Norman Fire Department helped respond to tornadoes that devastated the area in May, the foundation wanted to give back, Peters said said.
For those who want to continue raising money to support first responders, each Firehouse Subs restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to guests for $2.
Donation canisters on register counters explain the nonprofit’s mission and collect spare change; the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the foundation.
For more information, visit firehousesubs.com.
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