Last Tuesday, November 11, 2014, while most of us were enjoying a day off, Noel Pantojaand the staff of Famous Dave’s Restaurant in Redlands, California were busy at work hosting 20 local foster families for a delicious barbeque dinner.
There was no shortage of happiness and sauce stained smiles as the kids enjoyed their barbeque party, complete with family, food, and lots of balloons! A few Together We Rise staff even stopped by to join the fun– arriving just in time to witness the kids excitement as Pantoja, who goes by Junior, presented each child with their very own Sweet Case. The personalized duffle bags were stuffed with fluffy plush toys, cozy blankets, activity books, crayons, and themed dental hygiene kits.
Amidst all of the excitement, Gianna was able to chat with Junior about the inspiration behind this event. “All I had growing up was my family, and to me that was the only thing I really needed. To see children without family is heartbreaking” He continued, “Our team [wanted] to become more involved with the community, and I automatically thought of doing the cases for Together We Rise.” Junior and his girlfriend, a former foster youth and TWR volunteer, are currently in the process of adopting their niece.
We are so thankful for amazing people and companies like Junior and the Famous Dave’s team for hosting awesome events to recognize local foster youth. With the holidays right around the corner, help make the season special for foster kids in your community by organizing an event with your company. Follow the link for information on getting involved! http://www.togetherwerise.org/getinvolved/