HONORING THOSE WHO SERVE AND PROTECT
In the small, rural county of Tuolumne, California, a group of community members gathered in 2016 with a simple goal in mind: provide dinner to the local first responders who tirelessly serve and protect the community from wildfires, medical emergencies, criminals, and everything in between.
The first year, over 600 first responders and their immediate families were served a delicious, home-cooked meal at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds with the support of dozens of local businesses and community members. Of those 600 meals, 300 were hand-delivered to first responders on duty at their designated stations across the county. This includes all local fire agencies, local ambulance stations, Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department, Sonora Police Department, Sonora CHP, CDCR Sierra Law Enforcement, Mi-Wuk Tribal Security, Department of Fish and Game, PHI Air Medical Group, and the Adventist Health Sonora Emergency Department.
In the midst of the ever-changing political climate, the increasingly dangerous fire seasons, and the growing demands on first responders as the county continues to grow, the Come-In-Unity dinner is an opportunity to enjoy genuine community love, laughter, and good food.