Restaurant chain White Castle recently helped a couple to adopt a child from South America and subsequently made a donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which focuses on finding forever families for children in foster care.
Fox 2 tells the compelling story in which the corporation helped Jana Cruz and her husband Sergio fly to Colombia to adopt their daughter. Initially, Cruz won a sweepstakes trip for two to Belgium sponsored by the restaurant, but the trip was delayed due to COVID-19. At the same time, the Cruz family was working to adopt a 14-year-old girl from Colombia, but they were struggling with the expenses.
When international travel once again seemed possible, Jana and Sergio didn’t have enough vacation time to travel to both Belgium and Colombia. Jana told White Castle her situation and, amazingly, the restaurant chain offered to pay for a trip to Colombia instead of Belgium. The generous act helped the family’s adoption hopes to become a reality.
“We are incredibly grateful for what White Castle did to help with our trip to Colombia to complete our adoption,” Jana said. “We were having yard sales, selling crafts, and raffling items to help bridge the gap between what we had saved and what we needed. Having this trip paid for was absolutely beyond what we could have imagined.”
White Castle also gave monetary help to others who hope to adopt. Despite the fact that the fast-food chain may be considered an industry rival of Dave Thomas’ Wendy’s, that didn’t stop them from making a $10,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
“We’ve always had a great respect for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and its commitment to finding forever homes for children in foster care,” said Jamie Richardson, Vice President of White Castle, in a press release. “We’re honored to demonstrate our support for this important cause with a financial contribution.”
“When we learned that Jana and Sergio were in the process of adopting their daughter, it was an easy decision to swap the Belgium trip for a trip to Colombia,” Richardson said. “As a family-owned business, we have a genuine appreciation for family. That love of family sits at the core of everything we do. That’s why we were honored to be a part of the Cruz’ family journey and to support an amazing organization like the Dave Thomas Foundation.”
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