In 2002, Hospitality West, LLC d/b/a Pizza Hut formed "Raising Dough for Kids," a non-profit organization with the goal of raising money via fundraising events in its restaurants to support local Western New York children's charities.
Lutheran Foster Grandparent Program was pleased to be the recipient of a generous donation of $3,000 to help with transportation costs for its foster grandparent volunteers.
"The escalating cost of fuel and maintaining a vehicle presents a hardship for many of our volunteers," Project Director Debbie Basile said. "These funds permitted FGP to purchase gas cards to be given to the foster grandparents driving their own vehicles."
Foster grandparents who serve at Brocton Elementary School gather in front of their cars as recipients of gas cards from grant funds provided by Pizza Hut’s “ Raising Dough for Kids” campaign. Pictured from left to right are Henrietta Graziano, Phyllis Sprague and Deanna Betts.
The funds will support the wonderful work of foster grandparents serving in the counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany. Foster grandparents work one-on-one with assigned children in their day care, Head Start or school settings to guide the students to become successful in school. They provide the extra set of hands to nurture and steer these students within the classroom.
Foster Grandparent Program is one of the three Senior Corps projects governed under the federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service. Lutheran has been the local sponsor since 1983. Anyone who is interested or knows someone who would be a positive role model in a child's life should consider calling FGP Project Coordinator Gwen Gatewood at 665-5354 for more information. Those who qualify may be eligible for a tax-free stipend, plus the rewards of helping a child be successful.