Wendy’s presents check for $27,838 to VFW to support families of troops

JOHNSTOWN – Representatives of Wendy’s restaurants in the west/central region of Pennsylvania presented a $27,838 check to the Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars to provide support for local military families facing hardship.

The presentation was made Feb. 25 at the PA?Guard 252nd Engineer Armory on Walters Avenue in?Johnstown.

The donation is a result of Wendy’s Key Tag fundraiser last summer during which customers purchased a $1 Frosty Key tag and received a Free Jr. Frosty with Wendy’s purchases through Dec. 31.

This is the fourth check presentation made by Wendy’s to bring the campaign total to more than $80,271. So far, 50 grants totaling approximately $61,000 have been made to military personnel, including veterans of service in Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder or other battle injuries. The check presentation site was chosen in part to honor the PA Guard’s 252nd Engineer Battalion that recently deployed to Afghanistan.

Participating Wendy’s in western-central Pennsylvania have announced that the sale of 2014 key tags is already underway.

All of the proceeds from the key tag sales are donated to the Department of PA VFW State HQ, which will use the money to assist needy military families in the program areas including the Altoona/Johns-town/State College areas.

The PA National Guard’s Military Family Program Office will participate in the program by helping the VFW identify Guard families experiencing difficult situations. Service members from other military branches are eligible; donation requests must be routed to the PA VFW State HQ through a military support office or officer serving above the grant applicant.