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Tip a firefighter, help struggling kids

Give Every Child a ChanceCEO Carol Davis and Stephanie Hilson, center, are seen with Applebee’s general manager Michelle Terry.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED August 14, 2014 1:02 a.m.

The Manteca Fire Department’s Tip-A-Firefighter for the benefit of the Give Every Child a Chance free tutoring program is Tuesday, Aug. 19,  at the Applebee’s restaurant on East Yosemite Avenue.

The time is 5 until 9 p.m.

It’s not unusual for firefighters to find a crisp $50 or $100 bill dropped into their boots after they have served the guests during the dinner hours.  Manteca residents have been very generous when they have recognized how they are helping to educate kids in the community.

GECAC Executive Director Carol Davis noted that the fundraiser has shown over the past 14 years that the community cares about children and that Manteca’s firefighters are dedicated to making a difference in kids’ lives.

“It’s a chance for them to get to know us.  They only really see us during emergency situations and this isn’t like that,” said Manteca Fire Captain Sterrie McLeod.  “People can come up to us and ask questions and enjoy something to eat and know that everything that they give is going toward a good cause.”

Give Every Child a Chance is a non-profit organization committed to helping children reach their full potential while building their self-esteem and confidence.  GECAC offers a variety of youth support services including one-on-one mentor tutoring and after school advantage programs.  Give Every Child A Chance served 4,109 youth this past school year with over 400 volunteers busy at 48 locations throughout the communities of San Joaquin County.

If you would like more information about GECAC contact Stephanie Hilson at 209.823.6222 or email 

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