More than $3,300 in gift cards donated to first responders

Eastside neighbors, businesses donate more than $3,300 in gift cards to first responders

West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association City Affairs chair Mike Phipps presented the first in a series of gift cards from Eastside residents, neighborhood associations, and businesses to Eastside Division Police and Handley and John T White station firefighters.

Phipps spearheaded a campaign that raised more than $3000 for gift cards from area restaurants and a coffee shop to support first responders.

This started as a simple idea: provide a catered lunch from a local business to 30 Fort Worth Police and Code Compliance officers. But the idea expanded to be much more due to COVID-19.

“We wanted our Eastside-area first responders to know that we truly appreciate all they do for us and at the same time support our area’s small businesses. Many of them are struggling, and it only seemed fitting to help in more ways than one during this tough time,” said project organizer and West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association board member Mike Phipps.

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Several Eastside neighborhood associations – West Meadowbrook, Central Meadowbrook, Eastern Hills, Handley and Woodhaven – partnered to purchase 154 restaurant gift cards in $10 to $20 increments as appreciation gifts for first responders and frontline workers. In all, they collected $3,345.

Donations came from the neighborhood associations and local businesses – Medford Remodeling, Pet’s Best Friend, Mindset Fitness & Yoga, Darwin & Associates, Lone Star Motors and Gallant Marble & Granite. Funds were also collected from 36 generous Eastside residents.

To continue to support the Eastside community, the associations decided to purchase gift cards from local small businesses. Cards came from a variety of Eastside mom-and-pop restaurants so the recipients could stay in the area and enjoy a meal provided by community members.

In all, 75 firefighters from four stations, 52 police officers from the East Division, 12 Code Compliance officers and 15 MedStar paramedics were given a gift card.

Residents in the Eastside have not only been able to provide a tasty meal to the city’s first responders, they also found a way to support local small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Station 7 John T White – 12 gift cards

East Division police – 52 gift cards

Station 24 Handley – 27 gift cards