On Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 1100 hours, Home Depot Store #6319, 5475 University Parkway, invited the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District to their store for “Operation Surprise”. When we arrived we were greeted by store managers and employees that presented us with $2000.00 worth of equipment and supplies for all of our Fire Stations. Home Depot gave flat top cookers for each Station, BBQ grill, garden hoses, tools and lumber for training props. This truly was a surprise and all the items that they gave us were much needed. Thank you Home Deport Store #6319 and a special thank you to Aileen Hankemeier for her hard work in making “Operation Surprise” a huge surprise for the men and women of the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District.