Denny's Becomes First Restaurant Chain to Launch National Effort for Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program
Restaurants Call on Patrons and Employees to Help Fulfill Gift-giving
Wishes of Local Families
SPARTANBURG, S.C., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Denny's, America's largest full-service family restaurant chain, expects to collect over 200,000 Christmas gifts for children this holiday season in a first-of-its-kind partnership with The Salvation Army. In its 25th season, The Salvation Army's holiday Angel Tree program provides new clothing or toys for children of needy families. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061113/CLM065 ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051018/CLTU022LOGO-a ) From November 20 through December 11, participating Denny's restaurants in communities across the United States will display "Angel Trees" decorated with paper angel tags listing the first name, age, gender and Christmas wish of a local child who will receive the gift. Denny's customers and employees who wish to participate can select an angel tag from the tree and purchase a gift for a needy child. New, unwrapped gifts of clothing or toys for a child can be brought to Denny's by Dec. 11 for distribution by The Salvation Army. "We are pleased to have Denny's as a community partner in the Angel Tree program, which plays an important role in supporting those in need during the holidays," said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army. "Denny's support has allowed us to expand the program even further as a widespread grassroots initiative, touching communities and lives across the nation." "At Denny's, we are committed to giving back to the communities we serve. Extending The Salvation Army's outreach nationwide is just another way our company and franchise restaurants demonstrate that commitment," said Nelson Marchioli, Chief Executive Officer and President of Denny's. "During this gift-giving season, we want to encourage people everywhere to make a difference by helping a child in need, right in their own neighborhood, have a fun and memorable Christmas." A list of the more than 900 Denny's restaurants across the nation participating in the Angel Tree program can be accessed on the company's web site at www.dennys.com. About The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church originally established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 126 years in the United States. Over 31 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org. About Denny's: Denny's is America's largest full-service family restaurant chain. For more than 50 years, Denny's has been committed to providing guests with quality food, abundant value and a great dining atmosphere. From the award- winning D-Zone(R) menu to its famous Grand Slam(R) breakfasts, Denny's provides a variety of flavorful food and beverage choices for guests of all ages. For further information on Denny's, please visit our web site at www.dennys.com.
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