This Father’s Day Give Dad Something Other Than a Tie:
Dad might like a sporty new tie, but he’ll probably feel even better about helping a group of wonderful children on Father’s Day.
That’s what Wendy’s® first Father’s Day Frosty Weekend is all about - giving people another way to support the cause of foster care adoption and help the more than 114,000 U.S. children who are waiting for the love of forever families.
During Father’s Day Weekend, June 16 and 17, Wendy’s will donate 50 cents from the sale of every Frosty™ product at participating restaurants to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®.
The goal is to raise $1 million to support the work of the non-profit Foundation and its signature program: Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® (WWK). This program is filling a critical gap by funding and supporting full-time adoption recruiters at local agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to match prospective parents with waiting foster care children.
In three years, WWK has grown from seven pilot cities in April 2004, to 75 cities across North America with 87 adoption recruiters.
“The Wendy’s system is very proud to be initiating this special event that helps support our Founder’s most passionate cause - finding a permanent and loving home for every child,” said Wendy’s Chief Executive Officer and President, Kerrii Anderson who serves on the board of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
“We hope families will bring dad to lunch at Wendy’s to enjoy a Frosty. It’s an easy way to celebrate Father’s Day while making a difference in the lives of others.”
To date, nearly 2,000 children in foster care have been helped by the growing WWK program. Of these children, more than half have had families identified for them through WWK. Most important, 125 children have had their adoptions finalized and now are experiencing the joys of having adoptive families.
The success of WWK is due to the ongoing partnership between the Foundation, the Wendy’s system and local adoption partners. The Foundation grants funds to qualified adoption organizations, and holds the agencies accountable for achieving agreed-upon results. The Wendy’s system raises funds to pay the costs of the local WWK programs.
“With all that’s been achieved, there are still thousands of children in foster care waiting to be adopted. The average age of a waiting child in the U.S. is nearly nine years old, and they spend an average of five years in the foster care system. Imagine telling a young child they must wait five years to find a permanent family,” said Rita Soronen, Executive Director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
“We believe Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is a realistic solution, and that the program will become even stronger with the support of Wendy’s customers during Father’s Day weekend.”
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