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More than 250 stuffed animals donated during Monster Jam event

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Posted at 12:04 PM, Mar 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-06 11:31:08-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- More than 250 stuffed animals were donated during the Tallahassee Fire Department and Monster Jam's Stuff the Truck event.

Though the weather was rainy, Tallahassee residents gathered to donate the animals during the Friday afternoon event.

According to Public Information Officer, Lieutenant Mike Bellamy, “The recent Stuff the Truck event with Monster Jam was a huge success for the Tallahassee Fire Department.  We received over 250 stuffed animals from citizens in and around our community.  We will distribute the stuffed animals at emergency incidents throughout the City of Tallahassee and Leon County to children who are negatively impacted.  Our hope is that we can positively influence the ability of a child to cope with tragedy and loss.”     

Monster Jam's Jeremy Slifko, driver of Backdraft, co-hosted the Stuff the Truck event at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

Slifko says he was was humbled by the generosity of Tallahassee residents. 

“What’s so cool about my truck being as unique as it is [with the Fire Engine Design] is that I have a special connection with people, especially our first responders," Slifko said. "It’s an honor being able to give back to those heroes with the knowledge that every day they put their lives on the line for the safety of their community. I’d like to give a big thank you to the Tallahassee Fire Department for the warm welcome with Monster Jam. It was truly a great experience to be involved in the “Stuff the Truck” event at the Leon County Civic Center.”