Younger brothers increase cash at lemonade stand to lease meals truck for Brooklyn first responders

BROOKLYN, Ohio – A few little brothers in Brooklyn make a huge impact on their community.

Gideon and Josiah Trank, ages eight and seven, have raised hundreds of dollars for first responders with their lemonade stand in the front yard.

On Friday they used their earnings to rent the Cocky’s Bagels food truck for the Brooklyn Police and Fire Department. The truck parked in front of the police station between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. serving bagel sandwiches and other goodies while the brothers took orders behind the counter.

“We love our heroes,” said Gideon. “We’re doing this because they’re probably hungry.”

This love for first responders was instilled in them by their parents Machelle and Avery Trank.

“My wife and I really convey to them that they support our first responders because whether you like them or not, they are the first to come and they are there for our community to help us for whatever reason always you’re dealing with, ”said Avery Trank, the boys’ father.

The boys have proven this love over the years with their lemonade stand. Last year the boys raised more than $ 700 for the families of fallen Cleveland Police Detective James Skernivitz and Officer Nick Sabo.

“You want to help raise money for families and contribute as much as possible,” said Trank.

A few weeks ago they had the idea of ​​renting a food truck for their local first responders in Brooklyn.

So the Potions called Natalie Bata, the co-owner of Cocky’s Bagels in North Olmsted, and asked how much they would have to raise to make this happen.

“So obviously my heart was overflowing with joy and I’m like absolute,” said Bata. “Collect $ 300 and we’ll do the rest.”

Bata said the Cocky’s food truck usually costs between $ 800 and $ 1,000 to rent for events, but she was touched by Gideon and Josiah’s selflessness and kindness, so she wanted to help too.

“So that young children understand the beauty of the ministry and give something back to the community, and then understand what these cops and firefighters do every day, and that risks their lives and gives something back to their community,” said Bata. “So the fact that they understand the importance of this form of service is only – for an eight-year-old who feels and feels like this is giving back to the community and actually wanting to work on it.” Is pretty great . “

The boys raised $ 340 and on Friday night they helped the Cocky team serve the people who always serve the community.

Courtesy: Machelle Potion

“It makes you feel really good,” said Sergeant Paul Stein of the Brooklyn Police Department. “Machelle and Avery were very supportive and taught them what it is like to respect adults and cops and what is important in life, and to see that it is just amazing with a young person.”

Trank said it was humiliating to see his sons come up with fundraising ideas for first responders.

“We have to support our local first responders because they go through a lot, they really do it and we don’t see what’s behind the curtain,” said Trank. “So I urge everyone out there to support them, just wave them, say hello and ask them how their day is.”

Bata said the spots to rent the Cocky’s Bagels food truck for the summer are filling up quickly. If you are interested, you should email cockysbagels@gmail.com or call 440-454-0675.

Gideon and Josiah plan to reopen their lemonade stand sometime this summer.

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Jade Jarvis is a reporter for News 5 Cleveland. Follow her up Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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