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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas Receives Lifesaving Equipment Grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation


Grant is part of more than $73 million given by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to public safety organizations across the U.S.

OVERLAND PARK, KS – Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation recently awarded an $18,265 grant to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas (CCNEK) to purchase 13 automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The new equipment will enable staff, clients, volunteers and others to be better prepared in cardiac emergency situations at any of CCNEK’s 13 locations across the region, including TurnStyles Thrift stores.

“We are so grateful to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and our local Firehouse Subs in Shawnee for awarding our agency the necessary resources to continue to keep so many communities in Northeast Kansas safe and protected,” said Lauren Solidum, CCNEK’s President and CEO. “This is an extension of our mission to support life everywhere, at all times, and at all stages.”

Robin Heath, franchisee of the Firehouse Subsin Shawnee, supported CCNEK’s application for the lifesaving equipment.  “I am so excited to see these devices go out into the community. This could be the second chance for any of us,” she added. “The fact that Catholic Charities is now prepared for cardiac emergencies is wonderful!”

The awarded grant will be used to purchase 13 AEDs and accessories to prepare for cardiac emergencies that may occur at or near any of CCNEK’s locations throughout the Kansas-side metro area as well as in Lawrence, Topeka, Leavenworth, and Atchison.

For the past 16 years, donations have been the driving force behind Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation® supporting first responders and public safety and service organizations nationwide. To learn more about Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation or donate directly, visit FirehouseSubsFoundation.org. To learn more about Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, visit https://catholiccharitiesks.org.


Foundation Logo jpg-RGBABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION: In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the 501(c)(3), non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The charity provides lifesaving equipment, prevention education, scholarships and continued education, and disaster relief for first responders and public safety organizations, as well as support for military veterans. Since inception, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded more than $73 million to hometown heroes in 50 states plus Puerto Rico.

ABOUT CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF NORTHEAST KANSAS: Founded in 1956, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is a nonprofit, faith-based health and human services agency that provides help, hope and hospitality to the most vulnerable children, women and men of all faiths. The agency offers more than 30 programs designed to stabilize and strengthen individuals and families throughout 21 counties, including 15 rural communities. For more information, visit https://catholiccharitiesks.org.

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