Hundreds salute ‘Hometown Heroes’ at Conger LP Gas
Published on July 30, 2019
One afternoon at the beginning of the summer in a brainstorming session in Dan’s office the idea came up to do a back-to-school event for kids before school started. Bill Moore made a comment about how much kids love fire trucks and our “Hometown Heroes” event was born. We chose July 25, 2019 as the date and over the next few months we reached out to local law enforcement, military personnel, and local businesses to see if they wanted to be a part of the event. Almost every single person and organization we talked to said “yes.” As excited as we were to host this event we also knew that it was a great opportunity to do some good for the community. We decided to take up school supply donations and donate them to foster children through Coastal Plains CASA.
One of the main attractions of the day was the Air Evac helicopter which landed in our employee parking lot. Once the helicopter landed other emergency response vehicles from the Tift County Sheriff’s Department, Tifton Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, Tift County Fire/Rescue and Tifton Fire Department filled in the area. Local businesses and organizations including Smile Doctors, Publix, Staples, First Baptist Church of Tifton, and the Tifton US Army Recruiting Office set up tables filled with games, small gifts for the kids and information about what they offer. Families started piling into our parking lot and the surrounding parking areas with bags filled with school supplies to donate. Most of them made a beeline for all the emergency vehicles and enjoyed taking photos inside the fire trucks and ambulances, making the sirens blare on the police cars and asking questions about the helicopter with the pilots. Children also got to meet their favorite Paw Patrol characters and our cylinder mascot Elpie, bounced in a bounce house and decorated cookies in our demonstration kitchen with Cole’s Cakery.
We want to give a big thank you to all of the first responders and local organizations and businesses that were part of our first annual “Hometown Heroes” Kids Event. We also want to thank the hundreds of people in the community who came out and helped us salute our local heroes, had fun with their kids and grandkids before school starts back and helped a great cause. The biggest takeaway we saw was the fact that at the end of the event we had two shopping carts, one from Publix and one from Staples, filled with school supplies for the foster children of the Tiftarea.