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Seminole County Fire Hosts Back to School Bash with Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

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July 31, 2023 | FLORIDA DOREEN OVERSTREET, Correspondent
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Seminole County, Fla. – The Seminole County Fire Department recently partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida's East Altamonte Club to host a Back to School Bash. The West Sanford and Oviedo Club branches also participated and there were more than 150 Club members at the event.

More than 100 free backpacks and school supplies were distributed, along with free haircuts to the kids, lunch served and firefighters who volunteered for the day played sports and games with the kids.  Special thanks to Revamp Barbershop & Ace of Fades for providing free haircuts to the kids and toAction Church for food donation. G.R.O.W. Central Florida also provided free sports balls to the kids.

The event was organized by Lieutenant Chris Torres, who was a Boys & Girls Club alumnus when he lived in New York. His late father also served as an Altamonte Police Officer and instilled in him the importance of mentoring and giving back.

“The Boys & Girls Club is such a positive place for kids and makes a tremendous impact on setting kids up for a good future,” said Lt. Torres. “I am thankful to the Seminole County Fire Department and for our generous sponsors who made this event possible.”

“We are thankful to the Boys & Girls Club for their partnership as our Station 11 in Altamonte is right down the road,” said Fire Chief Matt Kinley of the Seminole County Fire

Department. “Our Department recently hired a Boys & Girls Club member right here from the Altamonte Club named Machel Davis and he is proudly serving the area. We hope to also show kids that there is a great career opportunity for them in public service.”

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