To help victims of the Colorado flood that hit three months ago, Taco John's units throughout that state and Wyoming, donated $1 dollar from every order to the Red Cross of Northern Colorado, according to a company press release.
"Life for so many families in Colorado was turned inside out by the devastating floods in September 2013," said Erin Mounsey, executive director for the American Red Cross of Northern Colorado. "The generous support of Taco John's is helping these families secure many of their basic human needs and navigate the difficult road to recovery."
Taco John's restaurants in Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Longmont, Wellington, Windsor and Cheyenne sold more than 22,000 Santa Fe Burritos and Bowls during the fundraiser, bringing the total donation to $22,537.
"We are very pleased with the results. The restaurants and managers directly affected by the flood really stepped up, and our guests in these communities did a fantastic job supporting the fundraising efforts by ordering Santa Fe Burritos and Bowls to contribute to the flood relief," said Todd Geatches, director of Operations for Rocky Mountain Restaurant Management, the company that manages some of the participating locations. "We had many families who were displaced by the flood visit our restaurants and thank us for the support. That really motivated our team."
Three months after the flooding first hit, Mounsey said it's inspiring to see how far families and communities have come. He estimates the Taco John's fundraiser has helped thousands of families.
"The scale of the devastation was so great, we felt it was our responsibility to do something. Helping our communities when they need it most is the reason many of our team members choose to be part of the Taco John's family," said Geatches. "This is what makes Taco John's special – a willingness and a sense of obligation to do the right thing."
The Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet following disasters.
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