By LILY TINOCO | Reporter
Palisadian brothers Scott and Tyler Heineman offered their support during the pandemic by donating meals to first responders every weekend from mid-April through last weekend.
The brothers wanted to do something to acknowledge first responders and decided to purchase meals from local restaurants, and deliver and drop them off at the Santa Monica Police Department, where their father, Steve, served for 25 years, in support of what they do for their community.
“It gives them the opportunity when they’re home to enjoy their families instead of having to prep or buy lunch,” Scott said to the Palisadian-Post. “Especially during these economically, hard times.”
Scott added that recipients got to get a meal that was completely free, tasted good and let them know that people appreciate what they are doing for everyone.
Tyler said their father was the brains behind the operation, since he is still well connected to the police department, but the brothers wanted to chip in any way they could.
Since the beginning, they had family members and friends involved, who have either contributed toward the purchase of a future meal or have cooked a dish themselves with their newfound time at home.
“Everyone’s gotten involved and it’s an amazing thing that’s brought everyone together during tough times,” Tyler said. “People cooking in their own homes for first responders, it gives them something to do and … they’re helping others.”
For fun, there were also prizes raffled for free, including autographed items and necessities like Clorox wipes and toilet paper. On Mother’s Day, the family took roses for the mothers working as a thank you for their sacrifice and service.
Both Heineman brothers play in Major League Baseball.
“There’s still so much unknown with COVID, so we’re waiting on word for when baseball is going to be back,” Tyler said.
Scott added that the meals were well received by first responders, and Tyler explained that the two were helped by community members who reached out on Twitter and Instagram, touching on the fact that a lot of people were involved.
Steve shared that delivering the meals was fun and an uplifter for everyone, and that he’s proud of his sons for their accomplishments.
“While my wife Kathy and I are proud about their respective baseball journeys to the Major Leagues, what pleases us most is the manner in which they have done it,” he said. “They always look to give back, good game or bad, win or loss. They never forget where they came from.”
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