ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester Area Crime Stoppers and The Distillery restaurants are teaming up to host “First Responders Week.”

The week runs from Sunday, November 27 through Sunday, December 4, and features eight days of special discounts, giveaways, and promotions for local first responders.

Local businesses donated more than $2,000 in gift cards. two-thousand-dollars in gift cards —
And there are also gift baskets full of goodies up for grabs.

First responders looking to win just need to go to a local Distillery restaurant and register.
All three locations — in Rochester, Victor, and Henrietta — are participating in First Responders Week.

Members of the public wishing to help out are asked to drop off a gift card of any type at one of those locations, and to include a personal note with a message of support for a first responder.

Organizers say this is a small way to offer support for first responders in our area who have gone through so much this year alone.

“There have been staffing shortages,” said Joyce Palumbo, a Board of directors member for Rochester Area Crime Stoppers. “We’ve had a lot of crime and accidents in our community and I think it’s difficult for the public to even fathom what it’s like to be first on the scene of an accident, a fire, or a shooting. Those are very traumatic events that first responders deal with every day. “