SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) —The community came together Tuesday afternoon to show their support for first responders and medical workers.
Savannah’s Step One Automotive Group hosted a grab-and-go meal event for military personnel, medical workers, and first responders at Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Fiat’s South location.
“This is the 12th time that we are doing this and this is our way to say thank you,” Marketing Manager for Step One Automotive Group Maja Ciric said. “We appreciate all of the local heroes: healthcare workers, first responders, firefighters, police officers. We had a great turnout here today like the previous times. But we wanted to do even more now.”
Visitors were served free pre-packaged meals by Bayou Cafe’s food truck to abide by social distancing orders.
The event also fundraised for Fight the War Within Foundation, which provides mental health advocates for teens, veterans, and first responders. The foundation helps those fighting internal wars by connecting them, their families, and friends to local resources and tools for suicide prevention.
“This is a huge deal because we have a wonderful community here in Savannah and there’s a lot of military here and there’s a lot of organizations, so we’re trying to fill the role of connecting everybody together,” Fight The War Within Founder Miranda Briggs said.
“When we get calls from a veteran or someone struggling with mental health and distress, especially with COVID in these times, we can have an idea of who would be the best person to call or who to direct them to to get them the help that they need,” she added.
Officers from the Savannah Police Department told WSAV.com NOW that the event lifted their spirits during a difficult time.
“It means a lot to us, especially right now,” APO NRO Samantha Sosbe said. “With the pandemic going on, everyone is tired everyone is exhausted. When the food trucks come out, when people, in general, come out and say, ‘we appreciate you, we’re thinking about you,’ it’s really comforting to us.”