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

Nov 13, 2006, 00:00 ET from Denny's

    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.
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     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
     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
     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

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