Police officers, firefighters and EMS paramedics do difficult, dangerous and often thankless jobs in order to serve the public, and are also known to enjoy a cup of coffee, so the Summit Church and Sault cafes Shabby Motley and Scott Coffee are teaming up for ‘Our Treat,’ in which first responders will be treated to free coffee at the two cafes Thursday, Sept. 26.
“We like to do practical things in our city. We’ve done Christmas banquets every year for those less privileged than ourselves, we’ve run the lemonade booth during Rotaryfest, so we decided ‘let’s add something else,” said Jeremy Murdoch, The Summit’s lead pastor, speaking to SooToday.
“We love the city, we’re happy to be a part of it, and the free coffee is one of the ideas that came as we were praying. The first responders in this city serve so sacrificially and consistently. We just want to say ‘thank you and we truly appreciate what you do and the city’s better because of you,’” Murdoch said.
The church pastor said “on Thursday, September 26th, we want to say to first responders your coffee is our treat, so drop by Scott Coffee (at 248 Northern Ave. E.) or Shabby (at 356 Queen St. E.) and let Sarah (Huckson, Scott Coffee owner) and Ashleigh (Sauve, Shabby Motley owner) know who you are. We want you to know you are valued and appreciated in this community.”
Following ‘Our Treat’ Sept. 26, the Summit will hold, at its property at 424 Second Line East, a ‘Sault Salute’ carnival for first responders, their families and the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, the event including live music, games, bouncy castles, face painting, balloon animals and food.
All activities will be completely free (with the exception of food and beverage purchases).
A 'pre-carnival' sensory carnival will be held for those with autism from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Murdoch said officials from Sault Police, Sault OPP, Anishinabek Police, Sault Fire Services and Sault EMS have been contacted about the free coffee and carnival.
“When we were located downtown a lot of our church members used to go to Shabby a lot, and now that we’ve moved we go to Scott’s and we’ve gotten to know Sarah, so we asked them if they would like to join us in this and they said ‘yes.’ So, we’re excited to be able to provide a little bit of care for our first responders,” Murdoch said.