The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 16, 2014

Qdoba helping gather items for Red Cross


For The Register-Herald

— Have a stockpile of brand new toothbrushes or a few unopened toiletry items lying around? This month, you can donate those items to a good cause and get rewarded with a delicious burrito or quesadilla from a local Beckley restaurant.

Qdoba Mexican Grill, one of Beckley’s newest eateries, is working with the local Red Cross chapter this month to gather hygiene products for disaster victims. The restaurant is currently hosting a collection drive at its Beckley restaurant at 100 Galleria Plaza, to benefit the American Red Cross of Central West Virginia.

Guests who bring in three full-size, unopened personal hygiene items will receive a free entrée in exchange for their donation.

“We are always trying to give back to the community where our fans, our team members and our families all live,” said Jennifer Suder, general manager at Qdoba Beckley. “This fundraiser is just one way for us to help raise money for a great organization, while encouraging our guests to do the same.”

To wrap up the fundraiser, the restaurant will donate 20 percent of net sales from noon to 5 p.m. on May 31 to the American Red Cross.

The money raised during the fundraiser will help ensure the local American Red Cross can provide warm meals, shelter and hope to families across 12 southern West Virginia counties.

“A lot of people don’t realize that we give away these hygiene products as part of our disaster program,” said Stephanie Meadows, a development coordinator for the West Virginia Region of the American Red Cross. “We offer emergency relief assistance to families displaced from their homes by fire, flood or other disasters, and we rely on financial donations in order to supply those items.”

Guests can visit the restaurant Monday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For information on the fundraiser, guests can reach their local restaurant at 304-894-8961.

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The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year nationally and almost 1,000 in West Virginia. The Red Cross needs the help of the public to continue this lifesaving effort. People can make a donation to the Red Cross by going to www.redcross.org, texting REDCROSS to 90999 or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.