$50,000 from Firehouse Subs and more coming for Operation Orion

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A big boost to Operation Orion! The new First Coast News project is focused on raising funds for K9s for Warriors, a non-profit group on the First Coast which gives custom-trained rescue dogs to veterans with PTSD.

Firehouse Subs is giving $50,000, which the Weaver Foundation will match. Effectively, that means a $100,000 donation to Operation Orion/K9s for Warriors.

The donation is coming from two sources.

First, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is giving $25,000. The foundation has already given more than $10 million in funds and resources to military projects, such as track chairs, and to first responders and firefighters around the country.

The second $25,000 is coming from the co-founders of Firehouse, Robin and Chris Sorensen. The brothers, known for their light-hearted camaraderie in their restaurant ads, say they wanted to help because they've had an opportunity to listen to the veterans with PTSD and better understand their struggles.

Robin Sorensen says he is like many people. He knew PTSD was a difficult road, but it was "eye-opening" to hear about the day-to-day details. He's found it amazing how the service dogs can help the veterans regain their lives.

The extra good news is that more money is coming via the "Round-Up" campaign at Firehouse.

Through July 27th customers can round up at the cash register or leave coins and bills in a locked, clear plastic box when they pay.

How much customers are donating will be announced early next week. That amount, as well, will be matched by the Weaver Foundation.

You can still give to Operation Orion beyond July 27th. Here's the link.


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