Lakeland Firefighters joined in some fun competition to raise money for a great cause. A new Wawa convenience store opened in North Lakeland and along with the Grand Opening festivities came a Heroes Hoagie Building Contest. Teams from LFD, Lakeland PD, and the Polk County Sherrif's Office competed to see who could assemble 25 hoagies the quickest. In exchange for their participation each team received $1,000 donated in their name to the charity of their choice.
LFD chose to donate the $1,000 to The Hearth Project. The group helps homeless students in Polk County Schools. The money will be used to help students meet their basic needs like the purchase of clothing and personal sundries, testing fees for college acceptance and jobs, transportation, and much more. To learn more about The Hearth Project visit http://www.polk-fl.net/districtinfo/departments/learning/title1/hearth.htm .
The well attended event was a great way for LFD to give back and show support for new jobs and industry in Lakeland. Thanks to all of the supportive community members, Wawa for their donation, and to city officials who helped make it happen.
Additional photos can be found on LFD's Facebook page.