Springfield Restaurants Make Christmas Giving Fun

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January 16, 2017

Santa Coke Polar Bear

Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar® adopts local families for Christmas

(Springfield, MO). Employees at Big Whiskey’s ‘adopted’ local families again this Christmas and raised over $4000 with 2 fun events.

For the fourth year, each of the Big Whiskey’s Springfield area restaurants sponsored Angel Trees. Customers were invited to participate at the end of their meal by purchasing an ornament for the Angel Tree, which goes directly to helping families in each stores area. Different color ornaments mean different size donations, and the colorfully-decorated trees raised more than $2,000!

Big Whiskey’s on Battlefield Road held a free all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. “Pancakes with Santa” was open to the public and a chance for all kids to meet and have their photo made with Santa. There was also a surprise visit by the Cocoa Cola Polar Bear much to the delight of all the kids. BW guests were asked to leave any size donation to help the adopted families, and those donations came to more than $1,000!

BW co-owner Jameson Clark personally donated $1,000, giving them more than $4,000 to buy the gifts on the family’s wish lists. “We’re excited to be able to fill all the wishes of our adopted families,” said Clark. “It feels good to know that our own family of employees care enough to adopt real families in need. They did all this – the idea, the effort of putting these together and working on their own time, plus actually purchasing the gifts on all the lists and gift wrapping them all. It was a labor of love and we’re really proud of them.”

After all the wishes on every list were checked off, BW had $400 left over and made it a donation to Ambassadors for Children, a local non-profit agency that works to support foster home care.