COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- White Castle, America's first quick-service hamburger chain, announced today that its customers helped raise $184,717 for the American Red Cross' Disaster Relief Fund, with a focus on home fire prevention. The 14-day 'Turn the Castle Red' promotion encouraged Cravers to purchase a paper Red Cross for $1, $3 and $5 at more than 380 White Castle restaurants.
"At White Castle, we are dedicated to feeding hunger, feeding hopes and feeding dreams through our Castle Shares initiative," said Jamie Richardson, White Castle vice president. "The American Red Cross impacts so many lives in every community it serves, and we want to truly thank every person who donated to this worthy cause."
This is the third year White Castle has partnered with the American Red Cross for a two-week fundraiser, and the hamburger chain has raised more than a $370,000 to support The American Red Cross' disaster relief efforts across the nation. White Castle donates over $2 million every year to a variety of charitable causes across the nation through its Castle Shares initiative.
"We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from White Castle and its generous customers," said Matt Bertram, CEO of the Red Cross Ohio Buckeye Region. "The amount raised will do wonders for the people who have been affected by home fires. Many people have lost their homes and belongings, and our mission is to help them get back on their feet. We want everyone who donated during the promotion period to know how much they're making a difference in others' lives."
The mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Donations to the Red Cross help the organization provide safe shelter, food, emergency relief supplies, emotional support and health services to those in the wake of disasters.
About White Castle
White Castle, America's first fast-food hamburger chain based in Columbus, Ohio, is celebrating 95 years as a family-owned business. The company was founded in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921 serving The Original Slider® which was named the most influential burger of all time in 2014 by Time. All White Castle Sliders are made from 100 percent USDA inspected beef. Today White Castle owns and operates nearly 400 restaurants in 13 states and has two dedicated Crave Mobiles that attended hundreds of events in 2015. White Castle's commitment to maintaining the highest quality products extends to the company owning and operating its own meat processing plants and bakeries as well as three frozen food processing plants. The retail division markets White Castle signature products in grocery, warehouse and convenience stores across the United States and in a growing number of international locations, including military PX's around the world.
WhiteCastle.com is a culture center for Cravers, the chain's loyal and passionate fan base, connecting like-minded Slider enthusiasts from around the globe in a social media setting. For more information on White Castle and to see the Craver Hall of Fame, visit whitecastle.com.
About Castle Shares
By feeding hunger, hope and dreams, the White Castle family helps build strong, thriving, Craver communities through the Castle Shares program. Founder Billy Ingram believed in taking care of people and giving back to the community. His philosophy still remains a focus of the family-owned business today. White Castle donates $2.1 million every year to a variety of charities across the nation, including $500,000 to Autism Speaks in 2012. The White Castle family supports more than 50 charities each year with volunteers, money and food donations.
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