Donating to first responders across the country is nothing new for Firehouse Subs, says Brandon Gerstein, who owns Firehouse Subs locations in Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Aurora and Denver. The …
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Donating to first responders across the country is nothing new for Firehouse Subs, says Brandon Gerstein, who owns Firehouse Subs locations in Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Aurora and Denver.
The restaurant franchise uses a portion of its income each year to put toward the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, used to provide lifesaving equipment to first responders. Each year, Firehouse Subs donates around $10 million to first responders, Gerstein says.
When an opportunity to partner with Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning to donate sandwiches to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood arose, Gerstein took advantage of it.
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Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning and the Firehouse Subs Lakewood location teamed up on April 23 to donate nearly 600 sandwiches to frontline workers at St. Anthony Hospital. The sandwiches were made by Firehouse Subs and paid for by Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning.
“This partnership clicked and came together. It is a great thing what we are doing,” said Gerstein. “If I have the opportunity to help others, I take advantage of it.”
Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning has been allocating a portion of its online bookings and franchise sales to help feed medical and health workers throughout the Denver metro area. The company plans to keep donating sandwiches from Firehouse Subs to hospitals.
“We look for opportunities that we can give back to, whether it's local communities or other needs that touch our company's heart. It means everything to me, and it's why we do what we do,” said Jonathan Barnett, founder and CEO of Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning.
Gerald Winston Tripp II, chief medical officer at St. Anthony Hospital, said community members coming together in this time of need has been nothing short of amazing.
“We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received from across our communities, and this generous donation from Firehouse Subs (and Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning) will directly support our front-line associates as they care for our patients,” he said.
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