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WSU VISTAs treat firefighters to donuts on 9/11 Day of Service

In recognition of 9/11 WSU VISTA Fellows delivered donuts and coffee to Fire Stations 1, 2, and 10 for their Day of Service project. The VISTA’s (Volunteers In Service To America) wanted to do something special for the local first responders, as a way of thanking them for putting their lives on the line every day. None of this would have happened without the support of our local businesses who contributed the refreshments.

A big thank you goes out to our donors Krispy Kreme and Lamar’s Donuts for supplying over 10 dozen donuts, Prairie Fire Coffee for providing coffee, and Xandrea from Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Store for providing milk and orange juice.

At the firehouses the VISTAs set up the refreshments and then watched the firemen conduct a 9/11 Flag Ceremony. Following the ceremony, VISTAs toured the fire stations, posed for photos in front of the trucks, and shared coffee and drinks with the firefighters.

“It was awesome for the VISTAs to come with donuts,” said Firefighter Garrett French with Fire Station 1. “It was even better that we had a chance to talk and tell stories with everyone and were able to get a better understanding of what the VISTA program is.”

The idea was inspired by VISTA Leader, G’Tobia Washington. She commented, “I wanted to bring awareness to Day of Service on 9/11 by incorporating the local firemen. 9/11 is a day VISTAs go into the community to give back and it was great to spend it with first responders.”

VISTAs through the WSU VISTA Fellows Program serve full-time at nonprofits across Kansas where they build capacity and work to alleviate poverty through the organizations where they serve. Many VISTAs are current WSU students or recent graduates.

The headquarters for this VISTA program is WSU’s Community Engagement Institute and the IMPACT Center. For more information about the program, contact Angela Gaughan at angela.gaughan@wichita.edu