News 13 is very active in Central Florida and sponsors a variety of community events throughout our nine-county coverage area.

Severe Weather Awareness Touch-A-Truck

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, January 12

The Seminole County Office of Emergency Management disaster equipment showcase will take place on Seminole Boulevard, along the Sanford Riverwalk from Sanford Avenue to San Juan Avenue.

Seminole County Touch-A-Truck

Come meet Chief Meteorologist Bryan Karrick and Seminole County Reporter Asher Wildman! You can also see demonstrations of:

  • Vehicle extrication
  • Home fire sprinklers
  • The helicopter "Bambi Bucket"
  • And lots more

This free public event will help families prepare for severe weather events and other related disasters. See and experience vehicles and equipment from agencies that respond during and after severe weather events and disasters.

Be sure to stop by the Spectrum News 13 tent! Our Chief Meteorologist Bryan Karrick and Seminole County Reporter Asher Wildman will be there! Don't forget to pick up a FREE Project Weather Activity Book.


A Gift For Teaching is Central Florida's primary provider of free school supplies. More than 67 percent of students in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties can't afford school supplies, and more than 12,000 are homeless.

For every $1 donated, A Gift For Teaching can provide up to $10 worth of school supplies.

Supplies can also be donated during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Email B2SD@agiftforteaching.org to schedule a drop off. The top five essential items are:

  • Packs of No. 2 pencils
  • 8- or 10-count packs of washable markers
  • Pocket folders
  • 24-count crayon packs
  • Packs of loose-leaf paper

Spectrum News 13 is proud to support A Gift For Teaching.

Check out the website that connects ordinary people with volunteer opportunities through nonprofit organizations.

If you need help, or if you're considering volunteering, check out 211 Your First Call For Help.