HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Huntsville Fire and Rescue responded to Cheeburger Cheeburger on Whitesburg Drive Tuesday.
But it wasn’t for a fire.
It was for community service, part of a fundraising event at the restaurant to benefit apartment fire victims.
A group of restaurant workers and volunteers held a meet-and-greet with firefighters, and the restaurant offered 15% of total sales to the cause.
From 6-8 p.m., a milkshake contest also raised funds.
Some of the fire victims also came out to say thank you to those who have been supporting them.
Fundraiser organizers say there was a decent turnout, but an even better response through donations.
Managers say people came in without even buying or sampling milkshakes and put aside some money for the victims.
Organizers say they raised $1500, in addition to some household supplies that were donated at the restaurant.
See below for WHNT News 19’s previous story on this event.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- The burned Imperial Gardens apartments are still roped off, a sad reminder of the January 7th fire that claimed several people's homes.
It's a sight that understandably still bothers the victims, some of whom were able to find other apartments in the same complex after theirs were destroyed.
But since that blaze, kind-hearted friends and even strangers have donated clothes and supplies to the victims.
"We've gotten pretty much everything we could possibly ask for," said Brittany Schrimsher. "Really, I'd like to say thank you to everybody. We could not have [made] it without you."
And more help is on the way, because bills and rent are still hard to pay.
"I just can't imagine coming home to nothing," said Barbie Hayes, a concerned Huntsville resident who has put together a fundraiser to aid the victims.
She saw news coverage and interviews with Schrimsher the week of the fire, and felt inspired to do something to help. She's a complete stranger.
Hayes has teamed up with Huntsville's Cheeburger Cheeburger location on Airport Road and Whitesburg Drive to make it happen.
The restaurant is donating 15 percent of its total sales to the fire victims all day on Tuesday, January 20.
And from 6-8 p.m., they're having a celebrity milkshake contest. Three guest chefs will create a milkshake recipe, and guests can place their votes on the winner by coming in for a sample and donating money toward their favorite shake.
"I hope it shows [the victims] that people really do care," said Hayes.
It's a delicious and sweet gesture that may not heal the victims' emotional damage, but with community help, might make a difference in their lives.