A Friend’s House receives automated external difibrillator

Special to The Times

A Friend’s House (AFH) recently received an automated external defibrillator (AED) worth $1,324. The device was donated by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Each year, AFH serves an average of 75 children, oftentimes with little or no medical record. The awarded AED will help ensure the organization is prepared to provide medical assistance if one of these children, or a staff member, goes into cardiac arrest.

This grant was made possible thanks to the Foundation’s partnership with Cardiac Life Extension and Rescue Coalition, Inc. (CLEAR Coalition) – a non-profit organization dedicated to CPR/AED training and program implementation throughout Georgia.

In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $20 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $1.3 million in Georgia.

Each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets, available to guests for a $2 donation to the Foundation. Donation canisters on register counters explain the non-profit’s mission and collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the Foundation.