PARKLAND, FL – When Wawa opened its first store in Coral Springs this week, its managers marked the occasion by handing out a donation and gifts to the city’s first responders.

The gas station/convenience store known for its competitive gas prices doled out a $1,000 check to Coral Springs Police Department for summer youth programs.

And workers at the store on the corner of West Sample Road and North Rock Island Road, across from Coral Springs High School, handed out “Hoagies For Heroes” boxes to police officers and firefighters.

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Coral Springs Deputy Police Chief Shawn Backer said in a Wawa promotional video that the donated money is earmarked for school supplies for underserved Coral Springs children.

“Their philosophies and everything is in line with what we are trying to do in the community,” Backer said.

Unlike so many other Wawa openings, this one didn’t include free coffee, employees said. Due to the coronavirus, the store didn’t want to draw too many customers at one time to get free coffee, they said.

Read more of our coverage of the Wawa opening in Coral Springs here.

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