On Nov. 7th, representatives of Wendy’s restaurants in PA’s west/central region presented another significant check to the PA Veterans of Foreign Wars to support military families and veterans facing hardship. The latest $35,976 donation brings the campaign donation total to more than $250,000. So far, 141 grants have been distributed to assist those serving in, and those who have served in, the military.
A military family that recently benefitted from the campaign was on hand to speak about the importance of this financial assistance program.
The official campaign name is “The Michael J. Beaver Wendy’s – Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars Military Assistance Grant Program,” in honor of the fund’s creator. Mr. Beaver of Salix was an Army Special Forces veteran who passed away three years ago. His wife, Mrs. Diane Beaver, has worked with other Wendy’s franchise owners in the event campaign area to keep supporting military troops and veterans through the grant program.
Wendy’s in these areas participate in this campaign: Somerset (Somerset county); Johnstown, Ebensburg (Cambria county); Altoona, Duncansville (Blair county); Bedford, Breezewood (Bedford county); Clarion (Clarion county); Indiana (Indiana county); Punxsutawney (Jefferson county); DuBois (Clearfield county); St. Marys (Elk county); State College (Centre county); Huntingdon (Huntingdon county); and Lewistown (Mifflin county).
The annual donations are made possible by a summer Wendy’s Key Tag fundraiser, when customers purchase a $1 Frosty Key tag and received a Free Jr. Frosty with Wendy’s purchase until December 31st. All proceeds from key tag sales are donated to the VFW State Headquarters to assist military families and veterans in areas where Wendy’s stores participate in the fundraising campaign.
Applications are submitted to the VFW State HQ by PA National Guard Family Assistance Specialists, officers in active and reserve units, and veterans assistance providers.
“The Wendy’s campaign leaders and the participating Wendy’s stores continue to provide an outstanding level of life-changing financial support for military personnel, their families and veterans facing hard times. The VFW is very appreciative of the support that Wendy’s, their customers and the media give to this fundraiser,” said Commander Hanzes, a Vietnam War veteran. “We are proud to be a part of this important project because serving and supporting our troops and veterans is a top VFW priority. We thank Wendy’s for serving up such strong support for our troops and veterans.”
“Dave Thomas believed that giving back and supporting our community is everyone’s responsibility,” said Wendy’s franchise owners. :Wendy’s is involved in thousands of local events each year that lend a hand to those in need. This key tag fundraiser was one way of giving back to the local community where we live and work. It is especially meaningful to help many families of those who sacrifice so much to defend our freedom and to whom we owe so much!”
Photos by PA VFW Public Affairs Director David Sandman